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Nursing Moms Protest At Victoria’s Secret

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Victoria’s Secret sells boobs. Let’s face it. That’s how they get men to buy lingerie. So their advertisements are far from prudish. Ironic then, that two women, one in Wisonsin and one in Massachusetts, who wanted to breastfeed at the store were told to take their baby and her breasts elsewhere. Victoria’s Secret says the employees who told the women to leave were mistaken; the company allows breastfeeding in the store.
So what’s a mom to do? Protest. There were nusing sit-ins at stores across the country this weekend.

Breastfeeding Tips

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Do you have questions? Well this news story might have some answers. This Q&A with Dr. Joan Meek, a pediatrician and author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new mother’s guide to breastfeeding, appeared on the MSNBC website.

Comments on the NYT Breastfeeding Article

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A couple of weeks ago the NYT ran a big article about the benefits of breastfeeding. The article focused on a government public health campaign to promote breastfeeding. Conversations about the article and the campaign now continue on the internet. “Breast-feed or Else” was the article’s title. Now NYT blogger Judith Warner has written an entry “Why Vilify Mothers Who Bottle-Feed?” Check out the more than one hundred comments to her blog entry.

Kate Beckinsale Breastfeeding Tricks

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Try this at home…
Actress Kate Beckinsale says when she was breastfeeding her daughter she could squirt her milk across the room. She revealed this detail on Jay Leno. Exaggeration? Maybe, maybe not. I do know that I’ve squirted my sons in the eyes. So across the room? Who knows. Here’s another story about her feats.

Another Breastfeeding Benefit–Preventing Obesity

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Breatfed babies are less likely to put on extra weight. That’s the latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here’s The New York Times story.

Senator Proposes Warning Label on Formula

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Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is proposing that formula manufacturers be required to put warning labels on formula stating the breast milk is the ideal way to feed infants. The bill also has a provision aimed at making workplaces offer accomodations to moms who need to pump or breastfeed.
Here’s a link to his proposed bill. See Titles II and III. This proposal is part of a larger bill aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles for all Americans.

Government Ad Campaign Encourages Breastfeeding

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The government is encouraging mothers to breastfeed with an aggressive advertising campaign. The Department of Health and Human Services’ ads suggest that not breastfeeding is actually dangerous to your baby’s health. One of the television ads shows a pregnant woman clutching her stomach while riding a mechanical bull in a bar. The suggestion…its risky to ride a bull, and risky to give your baby formula. The slogan of the campaign…Babies Were Born to Be Breastfed.
Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa is going one step further. He has proposed putting warning labels on cans of infant formula. Here’s an article about this from The New York Times, as well as a Today Show segment that has clips from the television commercials.