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I’m an Aunt!!

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Yesterday morning my nephew was born. This is my brother’s first son; but as he aptly said, his wife did all the heavy lifting.
So now my grandmother is a great grandmother for the fourth time, and The Bear and The Bortsky have a new playmate. His nickname…The G Man. Welcome little guy. We’re so excited you’re here! We love you.

Exercise Motivation

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For the past two months I’ve been sitting on my butt, finishing my book. I figured chasing the kids and lifting them up and down and up again counted as exercise. The reality is, it doesn’t. And more than anything, I need the exercise as a chance to clear my head and get at least an hour “off.”
So Tanya’s challenge to get in shape this spring seems like good motivation. Tanya found the WOMAN Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of National Women’s Health Week.
We’re going to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day for 8 weeks, starting on Mother’s Day, May 13th. Yes, pushing a stroller counts.
If you join the challenge you get email updates, a tracking log, a pedometer (while supplies last), and you’ll be able to track our team’s virtual progress on a map. Our team, The Breastfeeding Babes, chose the cross-country route, which starts in San Francisco, and ends in Washington, D.C.
If you want to join our team, here’s what to do:
1. Sign up here. If you choose to count your activity in steps, you may get a free pedometer (while supplies last).
2. Follow the directions for joining a team, and join the “Breastfeeding Babes.” Note: You may have to search for teams in Massachusetts to find it.
3. Starting on Mother’s Day, track your progress on the WOMAN Challenge website.

Wet Nursing

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Wet nursing has been all over the news lately. Time magazine and even the Today Show have looked at the issue. These stories say that this age-old practice is making a comeback, but I have yet to see any real statistics on the issue. So I’m a little skeptical. Especially since all the news stories cite a claim by one particular nanny agency that more moms are looking for wet nurses. Smacks of PR, don’t you think?
If you’ve been following these stories, a few things to keep in mind. If you hire someone to breastfeed, or let a friend casually nurse your baby, you need to know as much as possible about the nursing mom’s health history. Viruses can be spread through breastfeeding. See this information from La Leche League.
Finally, take a look at some recent posts from the Black Breastfeeding Blog to learn about the tragic connections between slavery and wet nursing in America.

Silly Celebrity Breastfeeding Stories

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Here are the latest celebrity breastfeeding “tit bits.” I know, I know, hardly ground breaking news. But I can’t help my celebrity fascination. Plus, as far as I’m concerned…the more talk about breastfeeding in popular media, the better.
Amanda Peet reportedly talked about using her breast pump in an airport bathroom on Live with Regis and Kelly. (via Breastfeeding123). (Could NBC please bring back Studio 60? I’d love to see Jordan pump in her office).
Tobey -Spiderman-Maguire does diaper duty (and a little awkwardly at that) after his wife breastfeeds.
Marcia Cross (Bree on Desperate Housewives) is breastfeeding her twins.
Tori Spelling talks about some challenges of breastfeeding. Seems like she might benefit from a little help from a lactation consultant. But kudos to her for trying, and not giving up.
And finally, here’s one from a little while ago… Julie Bowen had vowed to “shock” her castmates by breastfeeding on the set of Boston Legal. I haven’t heard any updates on this one yet…but I’m hoping to see something soon from this fellow class of 1991 Brown alum.