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Books I’m Reading Now

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Here’s what’s on my desk:
Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship & Creativity as a Lifestyle. My husband discovered this book for me. It’s fantastic– a way to re-examine what you are doing with your career and any other component of your life. There are also Ladies Who Launch meetings across the country. Check out Ladies Who Launch.

The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How To Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life
by Renee Peterson Trudeau. This workbook helps you re-examine your life, your priorities and how you spend your time. On line you can find out information about joining or starting a PRG, or personal renewal group. Personally, this book helped me realize that I needed to make time to exercise; I remembered how much I missed taking modern dance classes. So I’m giving it a go again…after a four year hiatus. Ouch.
Now…for some chick-lit. Momzillas by Jill Kargman. On the surface, this is nothing like The Mother’s Guide, but in many ways it has the same message. A new mom searches for her place in the hyper competitive world of being a mom in New York City and finally finds her calling. I’m impressed by Kargman’s ability to take the little details of life…the things we all see every day…and weave them into a narrative.
Motherhood, The Second Oldest Profession. This is an Erma Bombeck classic from 1983.
Finally, A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder. This book taught me to embrace the inherent state of disorder in our apartment, and look at it as an indication of fun, energy and creativity.

Check Out The On Line Auction For Attachment Parenting International

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Books, baby clothes, theater tickets, you name it…it’s all for sale at an on line auction for Attachment Parenting International. API is raising money to support it’s mission of “Educating and supporting parents to raise loving, empathic children, in order to strengthen families, and prevent violence.” So here’s a catalog of all the cool stuff you can bid on. There’s even a copy of “Mama Knows Breast” among the items. Start bidding.

Good Morning America Story About Breast Feeding in Public

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My grandmother called me this morning to tell me that GMA did a story today about breastfeeding in public and the challenges that some moms face. Unfortunately, I missed the piece on the TV, but you can read it on line. Click here. From what I’ve read, it seems like the piece was very pro-breastfeeding in public. So take the time to go to their site and leave a comment with your own opinion. Here’s a snippet from the story:
….46 states allow woman to nurse in public or at least exempt them from prosecution.
But, public opinion hasn’t caught up with the law. A recent study found 57 percent of Americans said women should not have the right to breast-feed in public. Seventy-two percent said it was inappropriate to show a woman nursing on television.
For many mothers, it may ultimately be a health issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies should be breast fed up to one year. It said the health benefits include fewer food allergies and a stronger immune system.
“The longer you breast feed, the better the health benefits, not only for the baby but for the mother,” said Baby Talk magazine editor Susan Kane.
Bruce-Low said it is important for more woman and people in general to see mothers nursing in public, calling it a natural thing.
Kane did have some suggestions for woman planning to breast-feed in public:
Use a cover up.
Feel comfortable while breast feeding. There are lots of products on the market that let moms cover up while nursing.
Wear a button-down shirt and nursing bra.
Ask permission if you are a guest.
As a courtesy, when at a private home or party, ask if it’s okay if you breast feed.
Stand up for your rights.
Don’t be ashamed of feeding your baby. In most cultures, it’s considered completely normal.

Manicures and Pedicures While Pregnant or Breast Feeding

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I’m getting a pedicure today. It’s my summer-time indulgence, and something I haven’t done often for the past 4 years. When I was pregnant, I avoided the nail salon. Experts have raised concerns that some of the chemicals in nail polish can be harmful to a growing baby. (Here’s a link to Babblepedia that then links to various articles that are both pro and con nail polish and pregnancy).
But once I popped out both of my kids, I made an appointment for a manicure. I needed to feel a little more “polished” so to speak. Anything to counter the psychological effects of sleep-deprivation. In fact, I once even breastfed The Bear while getting a pedicure.
Quite honestly, I never thought about any health concerns related to breastfeeding and nail polish. But this article in The Daily Green is making me re-think things.
…nail polish isn’t the sort of thing you want to be slathering on your digits when you’re pregnant. It likely contains phthalates to make it flexible and chip resistant. Certain phthalates are banned in Europe, and some big American companies are starting to pull them out of their nail polishes as well, because research has shown they can cause cancer and/or reproductive abnormalities in lab animals. A small study suggested baby boys exposed to high levels of the chemical in utero were more likely to exhibit penile anomalies. The FDA still deems the chemical safe, and critics say these studies are too small. Other chemicals of concern in nail polish are formaldehyde, which can be absorbed through nails and skin, and is thought to be a carcinogen by the EPA and the National Toxicology Program, as well as toluene, which is a skin and respiratory tract irritant. In extreme amounts, it can cause liver damage.
…There’s something about looking at a colored cluster of chemicals stuck to your nails day after day after day. Obviously whatever is in it is getting into my system. And it kills me I don’t have a clue what that might be as I’ve never seen a polish with the ingredients listed on the bottle. Which is a horrible disservice to the consumer. I gather these ingredients are guarded as trade secrets just as they are with cleaning products. How horrible. And wrong. So I’d prefer to remain bare for the most part, but am happy to have colorful options for special occasions.
Here are a few more articles that suggest you may want to limit your exposure to nail polish. Check out La Leche League and The National Resources Defense Council. Here’s information from the FDA about nail polish.
Fortunately for me, I can punt this question personally since I’ve already weaned The Bear. But I’m curious, is this something other people are concerned about? Are any of you forgoing certain beauty treatments because you’re either pregnant or nursing?

Breastfeeding Quotes– Join Our Next Carnival

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Some day I’ll be sorry I haven’t kept one of those baby books…you know the record of milestones and funny phrases. Right now I just don’t have the energy to keep up. But if I did…I’d be sure to include this one:
The Bortsky (almost age 3): “Mom, does Sarah have bubbies?” (note: Sarah is the babysitter).
Me: “Yes, all women have bubbies.”
The Bortsky: “Can she feed a baby?”
Me: “Um, no, not right now.”
The Bortsky: “Why?” (standard response)
Me: “Because she’s not a mommy.”
The Bortsky: “Why?”
Me: “Because she isn’t right now. Hey guys, let’s see what’s for dinner.”
The Bortsky: “I’m not hungry.”
Do you have any breastfeeding conversations to share? Things your kids, family, friends or strangers have said to you? Things that made you laugh out loud or shake your head in offended disbelief. If so, consider submitting an entry to our next carnival. The theme is “The Things They Say.” Here are the guidelines:
Submissions are due, by email, on July 17th.
Entries should be well-written– grammar counts!
If you’re accepted (we vote), you have to link to the other carnival contributors.
The Carnival will be on July 24th.
For an example of last month’s carnival, click here.
So start combing through your mental notebooks. and share your tales.

Buy A Mama Knows Breast T-Shirt, Baby Bib, Onesie

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A few friends…not mention family members…have had babies lately. And at long last I have the perfect baby gift. No need to visit the bookstore and the post office any more. Now I’m making a one stop shop to CafePress where I can buy a Mama Knows Breast baby bib and onesie.
I have to say, Cafe Press is really cool. I’ve set up my own shop where you can buy other items that say Mama Knows Breast. Adult t-shirts, maternity tops, mugs, pillows, hats, greeting cards, buttons, magnets, tote bags and even a teddy bear with a t-shirt area all for sale.
So come visit my store on CafePress. And by the way, credit for the fantastic design goes to my relative Toby. If you need a graphic artist, she’s amazing.

World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7

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Some folks call August Breastfeeding Awareness month, but as far as I can figure out, it’s more accurately the time of World Breastfeeding Week. The organizer is the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, and La Leche league plays a big part too.

Click here to find an event in your home state. And if you want to take part in a virtual celebration, enter this photo contest over at Musings of A Crunchy, Domestic Goddess.
And one last thing, oddly enough, the events to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week seem to go on from May through September. Umm, ok.