Here are two interesting articles on how culture interacts with breastfeeding.

  1. What does feminism have to do with breastfeeding? [Thoughtful analysis of breastfeeding and work]
  2. Saudi Clerics Advocate Breastfeeding Adult Men

You just never know what you’re going to get off the news feeder.

Here is a great article:

50 Reasons for Breastfeeding Anytime, Anywhere

Some of the 50 reasons:

2. Telling a woman to cover up or to strip down is a tactic used to control women.

4. Child’s right to eat. Period.

5. Child’s right to eat without a blanket over their head.

6. Child’s right to eat under sanitary conditions (i.e. not in a washroom).

12. Because babies often will not allow you to put a blanket or nursing cover over them and will push it off.

13. Because it is hard enough as it is for new moms to get their baby latched on properly, without having to worry about whether they are covering every inch of skin all of the time while doing so.

14. So that mothers can toss a diaper and some wipes in their bag and then go out, rather than being weighted down by having to prepare and lug around a huge diaper bag full of bottles, formula and/or pumped milk on ice, nursing covers, etc

22. So that breastfeeding moms do not need to leave their companions hanging in the middle of an interesting conversation by saying “excuse me while I go into the other room to nurse for 30 minutes.”

What are your favorite reasons for nursing in public?  Please discuss at our Facebook site:  La Leche League of Broad Ripple on Facebook.

Ali just passed this message along.  Will it be valuable social commentary, or a trainwreck?

Tonight on ABC- what would you do hidden camera show has nursing in public experiment.

http://stayathomemoms.about.com/b/2010/05/14/abcs-what-would-you-do-takes-on-a-parents-anger-and-breastfeeding-in-public.htm?_inv_out=33&_inv_cp=45004

UPDATE:  You can watch the breastfeeding segment online at the What Would You Do website.   It’s under the May 14 show, and it’s entitled Breastfeeding Mom Harrassed at Cafe.  Please feel free to share your feelings on the video.

We are planning an LLL of Broad Ripple garage sale Fri-Sat August 6 & 7. It is has been three years since we’ve had a major Group fundraiser and we are running seriously low on cash.  Jill has graciously offered to host our garage sale, but we will need lots more help.  Please hold off those Goodwill trips and starting saving items to donate to the garage sale.  Ask your friends to save their stuff, too. It’s helpful to set aside a corner of your basement now for items you are saving for the garage sale.  In August, we will need help pricing items and staffing the garage sale.

We are also looking for people who would be willing to donate money to match some or all of our garage sale proceeds.

Just one week from today, on Friday, May 21, LLL of Indiana will be hosting a one-day conference featuring guest speaker Diane West, lactation consultant and author of The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk (which is in our Group library).  She is a fabulous speaker and it is really exciting that she is going to be here giving her talks in Indianapolis.  This event is geared toward lactation professionals, but it’s great for breastfeeding mothers as well.  At least 4 of us from our Group will be going, and I think it will be a lot of fun to have a several of us from our Group all there together.

Lap babies are welcome, although there is an expectation that the rooms be quiet so that all can hear.

The event lasts from 9:30 until 4:30. You can sign up for the full day for $85 (LLL rate), or the afternoon or morning session only for $30.  If you’re signing up for the full day, you need to sign up by tomorrow in order to receive lunch.

You can register online here: http://moremilkmorehelp.littleants.com

Wondering if your baby’s stools are normal?  Some links:

How many stools is normal?

For most of human history, babies have slept next to their parents because it has been the practical thing to do for warmth and physical safety.  Sharing sleep with your baby, for all or part of the night, can make both breastfeeding and parenting easier.  As the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding states: “Once you can feed the baby while comfortably stretched out, you’ve eliminated much of the work of mothering for about eight of the twenty-four hours in a day.” –LLL’s Safe Sleep Tear-Off Sheet

Families who wish to bed share can choose to do so in a safely.  There is currently no evidence of risk bedsharing with breastfed babies sleeping with a sober, non-smoking mother on a safe sleep surface.

I would encourage you all to watch theis great new video from Fox6 in Milwaukee:  Is sharing a bed with your infant right or wrong?

Bedsharing is not for all families.  Some conditions that make bedsharing risky include formula feeding, a mother under the influence of drugs or alcohol, mothers who smoke (even if it’s only when the baby’s not around), other people in the bed, pets in the bed, and unsafe sleeping surfaces, including waterbeds and soft surfaces and heavy blankets and pillows near the baby.

For some fascinating in-depth reading about bedsharing, I would encourage you to look around the website of anthropologist James McKenna’s Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab.