Hey NYC moms…and anyone else nearby… I’m on a panel about breastfeeding the evening of August 7th. Danielle, the woman behind The Celebrity Baby Blog, is the panel moderator, and the featured guest speaker is lactation consultant Heather Kelly. Click on this link at Big City Moms to learn more.
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This week I’ll bring you information about World Breastfeeding Week events. There’s an incredible amount of stuff going on, and we’ll start today with Colleen, at My Baby and More. Colleen is challenging people to donate their old breastfeeding books through a site called Book Crossing. Book Crossing users “release” a book into the world, and let it find its new owner. It’s possible, with a little luck, to even track the fate of your book.
Colleen did this last year too, and had 150 people donate books. To sign up visit her site. Here’s what she has to say:
All releases must be about breastfeeding, such as breastfeeding ‘how to’ books (i.e. “The Nursing Mother’s Companion”) or breastfeeding advocacy books (i.e. “Milk, Money and Madness”.)
Books can also be children’s books that show pictures of breastfeeding or depict breastfeeding as a normal part of family life (i.e. “Near Mama’s Heart” or “Mama, Mama”.)
Books should be released in places where pregnant or new mothers are likely to catch them, such as childbirth classes, baby-type stores, WIC offices, OB offices, etc.
We would also like to add a category for fiction books that discuss breastfeeding as some part of the plot line. For example, “The Red Tent” has breastfeeding characters, as well as the book “When We Were Grownups”. Please write a short description in your journal entry of how breastfeeding is depicted in the book.
And if you donate three or more books you have the chance of winning one of several new books…including my own, “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.”
Mom entrepreneurs rock. “Momtrepreneurs,” as they’ve been called, see a consumer need, and rush to meet it. They have busy lives taking care of their families, going to work, keeping the household running. But they have a passion, a drive to do something else. And they go for it. Even if it means staying up late at night when they should really be in bed.
That’s what Jorie Wisnefski did. She made a nursing shawl she calls “Private Dining.” Sure there are a lot of other nursing cover ups out there, but this one looks very comfortable.
And if you want a good chuckle, watch Jorie’s short promo video on her site. If you’ve ever tried to breastfeed your baby in a restaurant, you’ll love this.
It’s been a few months since I last nursed The Bear…so I thought the days of funny breastfeeding quotes were over in our house. Apparently not. Here’s a true discussion from today.
Scene: The floor of the boys’ bedroom. I’m changing The Bortski’s diaper. He pats my chest.
Me: “What you up to, babe?”
The Bortski: “Just patting your boobie.”
Me: “How come?”
The Bortski: “I just love boobies.”
The Bortski: “They’re great.”
Most of us mere mortals don’t look so stellar 7 weeks post-partum. Then again, most of us aren’t super models. So if you decide to check out these pictures of model Eva Herzigova, 34, breastfeeding her baby, please (I beg you) don’t compare yourself to her.
Herzigova is pictured in the German magazine Bunte with her son. The Celebrity Baby Blog has the link.
Here’s something for you to ponder…
The Bear (16 months) sometimes uses a sippy cup that has a picture of Sponge Bob on it. He calls the cup, and whatever is in it “baba.” Not all that original, but hey, he gets his point across when he’s thirsty.
Well today, we were on the beach. We walked past a lawn chair that had a picture of Sponge Bob on it. The Bear took one look at the chair and started shouting, “Baba, baba.”
Pretty much everyone has something to say about breasts. We all know what “locker room” talk sounds like. Women also have plenty to gab about..”Man, this bra is strangling me.” Or how about this scene from the movie “Sixteen Candles”…(I found this quote on Imdb.com)
Grandma Helen: Oh Sam, let me take a look at you. Fred, she’s gotten her boobies.
Grandpa Fred: I better get my magnifying glass. Ha Ha Ha.
Grandma Helen: Oh, and they are so PERKY.
[reaches to cup them]
Grandma Helen: [cut to:]
Samantha: I can’t believe my grandmother actually felt me up.
And it seems our little kiddies get in on all the booby talk too. In this month’s Breastfeeding Blogger’s Carnival, we’re writing about the theme, “The Things They Say.” I’ve written here before about some of the things my two year old, The Bortski, has said about breastfeeding, so I’ll give you a little re-cap.
At one time, The Bortski intimated he wanted to breastfeed again, alongside his baby brother.
Another time, The Bortski had this to say about my bra.
But here’s my all time favorite post, a compilation of some of the Bortski’s greatest hits:
December 12, 2006
The Bortski (27 months) seems to have a new found interest in my breasts. His fascination is different from that of The Bear (8 months). And it’s certainly different from that of his father (444 months). It seems, purely and simply, that he has taken a scientific approach to my chest. Here are a few scenes from the theater of the absurd here in our apartment.
I am rushing to get dressed. We have a birthday party to get to on the other side of the city and it’s raining. Dada is changing The Bear’s diaper. I have to corral the Bortski to change his diaper. I’m half dressed. Can’t put on my clothes until the last possible moment in case of sweating, baby spit up, and misfired pee. The Bortski runs into the room and runs out while making this pronouncement:
Bortski: “Mommy, I found your boobies.”
Dada: (from the other room) “How’d they look?”
Me: (stunned silence).
Dada: “Did you hear that? I think you’ve got your quote of the week.”
The Bortski: “Mama, can I touch your boobies?”
Me: “Um, ok.”
The Bortski: “Ok.”
Thankfully, he turns to run away and does a flying leap, head first onto the sofa. “Super Bortski!”
The Bortski has figured out how to open the drawers on our dresser. This requires a bit of skill since there aren’t any handles. He reaches into one and pulls out Dada’s jock strap.
Bortski: “Mommy, I found the thing that holds your boobies.”
Me: “Oh, thanks so much. Can I have that, sweetie? Thanks!”
Bortski: “Mommy, your nipples are next to your boobies.”
Me: “Yes, that’s right.”
Bortski: “I have nipples.”
Me: “Yes, you do.”
Borstki: “I don’t have boobies.”
I’m changing The Bortski’s diaper. He reaches down to touch himself.
Bortski: “What’s in my diaper?”
Me: “That’s your penis.”
Bortski: “It’s on me. Like your boobies on you.”
Me: “Um, yes, that’s right.”
Bortski: “Mommy, what’s your Boobies name is?”
Me: “They don’t really have a name.”
Bortski: “Call them Mr. Booby.”
So there you have it. A toddler’s booby fixation. As for the other blogger’s here’s what they have to say for this Carnival:
The Motherwear Blog
Down With the Kids
Rattling The Kettle
Musings of A Crunchy Domestic Goddess
Want to win a free copy of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding? In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, I’m giving away 7 copies of my book. So how can you get one? Send me a story about your breastfeeding experiences. I’ll pick 7 winners, and post one story each day during WBW. You can write about anything…pumping in your car; suffering through a bout of mastitis; feeding your baby while exercising at the gym. Anything goes.
At long last, it seems the Transportation Security Administration has come to its senses. It has done away with the rule limiting the amount of pumped breast milk a mom can carry on board an airplane.
Up until now, the old rule limited a mom traveling without a baby to three ounces of milk in her carry on luggage. Anything more and it had to be checked. Oddly enough, if you had the baby with you, you could carry on more than three ounces. Obviously logic had nothing to do with this rule. If you had your baby with you, you wouldn’t be carrying so much milk, you’d be breastfeeding. And if you didn’t have your baby, you probably had more than three ounces of pumped milk with you.
Anyway…the new rule about breast milk goes into effect on August 4th. Here’s what today’s press release has to say:
TSA is also modifying the procedures associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with or without their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.
The procedural adjustments were developed based on process and effectiveness studies, feedback from the workforce and regular consultation with airports, airlines and other security partners. This marks the third modification to security procedures within the last year. On August 10, 2006, a complete ban on liquids, gels and aerosols was implemented immediately following the thwarted terror plot in the United Kingdom, and the update to those measures permitting travel-size amounts of liquids went into effect in September of 2006.
…Since August 2006, 59 countries around the world have adopted the 3-1-1 standard for liquids, gels and aerosols: three ounce containers, in one clear, zip-top plastic bag and one bag per traveler at the checkpoint.
This new rule regarding breast milk was issued along with a new rule about lighters. An odd pairing if you ask me, but whatever. Common lighters are no longer banned; but torch lighters are still a no-go.
And here are some final gems from the TSA’s Frequently Asked Questions for this rule:
Q. Why is breast milk not a threat?
A. Breast milk is a medical necessity and it is being classified as such. It must be declared at the checkpoint.
Q. How do you ensure liquid explosives disguised as breast milk or medications are not brought through the checkpoint?
A. Since September 2006, certain liquid medications have been permitted at the checkpoint as long as they are declared to security officers and are subject to additional screening.
Q. Do passengers carrying breast milk need to taste it to prove it is not a liquid explosive?
A. No. We will not ask a traveler to taste breast milk.
Via, Jake from Birth Without Boundaries.