Before the arrival of my son, I read a grotesque amount of literature on breastfeeding. I was seriously obsessed. I was determined to succeed, so I thought the best thing to do was to read everything I could get my hands on. I found that much of what I read reiterated the same things over and over, but it didn't deter me.Continue Reading >
The only thing worse than entrometidas who think it's their business to tell women what they should and shouldn't do with their bodies are those who think it's totally okay to tell mujeres how they should be using their bodies to care for their children. Just ask Washington Post reporter Emily Wax-Thibodeaux. The breast cancer survivor and new mom had a double mastectomy before giving birth to her son Lincoln, making it pretty much impossible for her to breastfeed her little guy. However, that hasn't stopped countless people, many of whom know Wax-Thibodeaux's situation, from getting all Judgey McJudgerstien on her when they see her--gasp--bottle feeding her happy and totally healthy baby boy.Continue Reading >
Everyone seems to have an opinion about breastfeeding these days. Wannabe pinup model Josie Cunningham, best known in her home country as the "UK's most controversial boobs" after using tax payer money to fund plastic surgery has some, um, interesting things to say on the subject. I'm pretty sure that this lady is pretty much a professional troll at this point (she also claimed she was going to have an abortion so she could appear on Big Brother and get famous, but later recanted), but her latest comments about breastfeeding have really made moms mad. Cunningham recently went on a Twitter tirade, blasting breastfeeding as "vile" and saying it was "borderline incestuous." Seriously, what a boob!
It's a common comedy movie trope: a man opens the fridge, spots a clear bottle filled with milk, and pours a glass of the beverage to quench his thirst--only to discover that he was sipping on breast milk. Inevitably, he spits it out in faux horror. Sound familiar? Well, if you've always felt like breast milk gets a bad rap on the taste front, you'll be delighted to know that the good ol' Internet is brimming with breast milk proponents who are devising new ways to enjoy the fruits of lactating mammaries. For instance, a Reddit user detailed how she made butter out of her own breast milk simply by placing it in a large container and shaking the jar vigorously for about 40 minutes until it started to solidify. After tasting the butter, she claimed it was so delicious, she'd be trying the experiment regularly. Hey, it's certainly an all-natural formula! So what other interesting and unconventional uses are there for breast milk? Here are just some of the suggestions we've found!
Jenelle Evans is pretty much the poster child for momma drama, it really isn't all that surprising that the Teen Mom 2 star is making headlines, yet again, this time for allegedly smoking like a chimney while still nursing her 3-month-old son, Kaiser.
Jenelle has made a big show of trying to turn over a new leaf, however it appears like some of her habits are harder to kick than others. The MTV star ruffled more than a few feathers this week when she tweeted a pic of her boyfriend and Kaiser's dad, Nathan Griffith, snoozing on an armchair, with a pack of cigarettes in full view. Fans were quick to point out just how dangerous second-hand smoke is for Jenelle's two young children, to which Jenelle later responded: "I'm outside right now smoking a cig lol."
August 1 through 7 is World Breastfeeding Week. The call to action of this week is to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding." Listen, I get that not all people can breastfeed and this is not about shaming someone for bottle feeding, it's about supporting women who are breastfeeding. It may be what some people call the most "natural" thing in the world, but let me tell you it's not easy--especially not when people give you the stink eye for doing it in public, not when they expect you to go hide in shame or heaven forbid feed your child in a bathroom.
Gwen Stefani recently shared this most adorbale picture of herself nursing her 5-month old son Apollo while in Switzerland. And I want to say thank you to Gwen Stefani and all the very public mamis that whip it out and nurse their children proudly and publicly.
Graduating from school is a huge accomplishment when you've worked hard to complete your studies. This especially applies if you are a mother who's raised a child while finishing college, or even work. One mom, 25-year-old Karlesha Thurman recently graduated from California State University Long Beach.
During her graduation ceremony she took pictures, but one in particular stirred up controversy on Facebook. Wait until you see why!
When professional photographer Hector Cruz's wife had trouble breastfeeding their daughter and needed to hire a lactation consultant in 2013, Cruz felt "helpless and confused." So he decided to do some research and take action. Enter Project Breastfeeding, a new photo campaign that features fathers pretending to breastfeed their infants. Now that's a role reversal you don't see every day!
The photos, seen here, portray various dads holding their babies close, under the slogan "If I could, I would." Their goal? To publicly show support for their breastfeeding wives and other nursing mothers.Continue Reading >
At this point, I'm pretty sure everyone knows that breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies--your obstetrician, your pediatrician, your best friend, your third cousin, have probably all spouted the virtues.
Before I became a mother, I had no intention of ever breastfeeding, but once pregnant, the evidence of the greatness of breast milk was just too convincing to ignore. So of course, I gave it a whirl and my son was lucky to get 13 months of the good stuff. He hardly ever got sick during that time, turned into a fabulous eater of solid foods afterwards, and has always been ahead of the curve developmentally. The benefits of breastfeeding are awesome, but the milk itself is even more fascinating than most of us realize. Here are five cool facts about breast milk you might not have heard:Continue Reading >
A Colorado woman recently posted a photo of a puppy latched to her breast on her Facebook page, which has unsurprisingly gone viral. The woman--whose name is not being released for fear of public backlash--says she believed the puppy, who was the runt of a weak litter, would haved died within the hour had she not made the choice she did. But, I'm not so sure.Continue Reading >