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The Angelina Jolie W Magazine Is on Newsstands

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I managed to find a newsstand here in New York City that was already selling the November issue of W that has Angelina Jolie breastfeeding on the cover. I was really excited to get my copy, and carried it with us around the city on a rare night out. I thumbed through it in the dark of a movie theater, and was thrilled to find two additional shots of her nursing one of the twins.
All of the photos are gorgeous. They’re grainy, black and white. Brad Pitt took them, and this article tells the backstory of how he tracked down some special film that’s no longer manufactured.
I’ve already talked about how celebrities, like Angelina Jolie, can be role models for new moms when it comes to breastfeeding. But I think the more important story here is how a magazine embraced this photo and put it on it’s cover.
There are countless other photos W magazine could have used for the cover shot. Certainly others that are equally endearing or artistic. But the choice to use this particular photo shows the magazine’s willingness to depict breastfeeding as normal, natural and beautiful. This choice is especially significant, coming from a fashion magazine. Advertisments consistently use breasts to sell clothing. So it’s great to finally see breasts doing what they’re intended to do– feed a baby.
You might remember the controversy BabyTalk magazine faced a couple of years ago when it put a nursing baby on it’s cover. This time around, however, there seems to be little of that. Maybe it’s because the Angelina photo is more subtle. Maybe it’s because it’s Angelina herself. Or maybe, just maybe, we’re becoming a little more accepting of public images of breastfeeding. I’d like to think that’s the case.
So cautiously, I’d say, we’ve “come a long way, baby.”

Dog Wetnurses Newborn Tigers

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Watch this remarkable story…a golden retriever is nursing three newborn tiger cubs that have been rejected by their mother.

Sad End for Baby Whale Who Couldn’t Find Its Mom To Nurse

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Australian widllife officials euthanised the abandoned baby whale, after determining it was too weak to survive. Here’s the CNN story. And this story from an Australian TV station has video interviews with some people very upset that more wasn’t done. The one to two month old whale had been trying to breastfeed by cozying up to the side of a yacht.

Bad News For Lost Baby Whale

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He’s 6 to 8 weeks old, and he can’t find his mother to nurse… Australian officials say they are doing everything they can to help the whale “Colin.” But so far no luck. The latest, from CNN, is that he may be euthanized. (Read the article below this video).

From CNN: SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Wildlife officials have located the injured and abandoned baby humpback whale that has been trying to suckle boats in the waters off Sydney, and plan to euthanize the animal Friday.
The lost humpback whale calf swims north of Sydney Harbour in Australia on Wednesday.
The lost humpback whale calf swims north of Sydney Harbour in Australia on Wednesday.
The decision was made Thursday evening after veterinarians and marine researchers examined the whale and found that its condition was deteriorating quickly and that euthanizing it was the most humane thing to do.
But the operation was postponed when searchers were unable to find the whale in the dark waters of Pittwater Inlet.
The plight of the whale, which Australians have nicknamed “Colin,” has dominated news coverage here since it was first sighted Sunday and began trying to suckle from boats it apparently mistook for its mother.
Early Friday, Colin had been located, and officials planned to sedate the animal, tow it to shore, and inject a dose of fatal drugs into its heart.
Reporters were barred from accessing the inlet via land, and maritime police physically blocked a boat carrying members of a rescue group and several reporters, including a reporter and photographer from AP. They threatened the group with a $3,500 fine if the boat attempted to dock.
“We have a whale whose condition has deteriorated rapidly over the last 24 hours, and who now experts are telling us is suffering, and we’ve had to make the hard decision to euthanize the whale,” said Sally Barnes, deputy director-general of the New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change.
Barnes said the whale would be given a sedative to relax it, then a lethal dose of anesthetics.
“Everyone is very connected to this animal and it’s a very emotional decision,” she said, referring to the animal as a family pet that had been adopted by many in Sydney over the last week.
She said officials had sought out national and international advice on how to deal with the lost whale but its condition had become too poor to treat.
Some Australians have accused wildlife officials of not doing enough to help the calf or trying to feed it.
Previous attempts to guide the whale back to open waters have failed, with the creature preferring to stick close to the boats. Officials with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service were considering earlier Thursday whether to use an inflatable sling to tow the creature into deeper waters, where it would have a better chance of connecting with other whales.
One effort came from Aboriginal whale whisperer Bunna Lawrie, who visited the calf Thursday afternoon. Adorned with feathers on his head and white paint markings on his face, Lawrie reached into the water to stroke Colin while singing a humming, tongue-rolling tune.
But after a few minutes the whale swam away to nuzzle a nearby yacht.
“He’s missing the big fellas,” said Lawrie, whose visit was broadcast on Channel 10 television.

Lost Baby Whale Needs To Breastfeed

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Here’s a sad story out of Australia. It appears a baby whale, that has lost its mother, has been trying to breastfeed by cozying up to a yacht. Read below for the whole story. (And thank you Carina, from The Jet Set blog, for sending me this link).

Here’s the story from CNN:
(CNN) — An abandoned baby whale that has been trying to suckle from yachts in an Australian harbor appeared to be weakening Wednesday as wildlife workers considered ways to save it.
Unless rescue workers can come up with a plan soon, the starving 2-week-old calf might have to be put to death, officials said.
“It’s a really sad and difficult situation,” said a spokeswoman for the New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC), who spoke on condition of anonymity, as is customary.
“It’s caught the heart of Australians, and at the moment the public is really, really desperately wanting something to save the whale.”
Humpback whales are in the middle of their annual migration from the Antarctic to tropical waters to breed and then back again.
The calf was first spotted Sunday in waters off Sydney. Officials think it most likely was abandoned by its mother but aren’t sure why.
On Monday, it was seen nuzzling up to a moored vessel in an attempt to find milk, the DECC said. Video Watch the abandoned baby whale ยป
Wildlife officials towed the boat out to sea, and the calf followed. They had hoped that the baby would link up with a passing group of humpback whales.
But the calf, unable to find its mother or another lactating female willing to be a surrogate, returned to the harbor Tuesday.
On Wednesday, officials tried once again to lure the calf to open waters. But it refused to follow the wildlife officials’ boat.
“It obviously feels very secure in the harbor,” the spokeswoman said.
An expert from Sydney’s Taronga Zoo examined the whale and determined that while it was not suffering undue stress, it was getting weaker due to lack of food.
Now officials are hoping to use an inflatable sling to tow the calf farther out to sea, where it stands a greater chance of being reunited with its mother.
“Maybe — just maybe — we will have some luck,” the spokeswoman said. “It is possible — it might not be probable — but it’s possible that it could be picked up and adopted.”
Some Australians have suggested that wildlife officials take the animal into captivity, but that is unlikely to yield results, said Chris McIntosh of the National Parks and Wildlife Services.
“As the calf is still being breast fed, we have no way of feeding or socializing it,” McIntosh said in a news release. “So taking this humpback into captivity is not an option.”
Calves suckle for 11 months and are “very very attached to their mothers,” the spokeswoman said.
“Unless it can go out to open water and find a mother, I don’t really know what’s going to happen.”