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Feel Free to Feed — Australian Breastfeeding Campaign

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Here’s what I love about the internet…for the past week I’ve been chatting with a new friend in Australia. Tracey showed up in my email one day, to tell me about her nursing clothing company, Nursingwear, as well as the Feel Free to Feed campaign.
Feel Free to Feed is working to support Australian breastfeeding moms at home, in public and the workplace. Click here to see their three initiatives. The campaign runs from August 2007 to August 2008, and if you live in Australia you can submit your personal breastfeeding story to a contest.
The campaign is organized by Nursingwear, the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA), Mothers Direct (the commercial arm of ABA) and My Child Magazine.
And now a little bit more about Nursingwear, Tracey started the company when she couldn’t find nursing clothes in Australia and found herself ordering stuff from the U.S. In an emaiI, she wrote to me,
I feel the garments we sell are not just clothes. To me they represent freedom for breastfeeding mums. They really do make breastfeeding so much more comfortable and I love receiving emails from our customers sharing what a difference breastfeeding clothes have made to their daily activities.
So a thumbs up to Nursingwear for helping moms down under..and moms everywhere…feel free to feed.

World Breastfeeding Week Book Contest — Winner 3

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Here is the third winner of my book contest …. Mary, from Open Arms Natural Parenting. She sent me her breastfeeding story, and as a prize she’ll receive a copy of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Here’s Mary’s story:
When my first daughter was born I decided to breastfeed because I figured that my body knew what was best for my baby. However I was way to timid to nurse in public. I basically just stayed home until she was weaned, unless I could be out and back before she got hungry. The problem was that I had never seen anyone else breastfeeding in public before, I saw moms everywhere feeding babies with bottles so I felt like it was wrong to “whip them out” in public. So I stayed home, which at the time was fine because I loved spending all that time with my new baby.
When my first son was born I was a little bit braver,but not much. I would go out but if he got hungry I would hide. I would find a back bedroom or a fitting room or feed him in the car. I hated it because it made me fell dirty, like I was doing something wrong. The worst was one day at Wal-Mart when I walked up to the fitting room and asked the clerk if I could use a room to nurse my baby and she said ,”No, you have to use the bathroom for/ that/.” and gave me a disgusted look. So I went to the bathroom sat down in a dirty toilet and cried while I fed my baby.
When my third child was born last year I decided that I would breastfeed proudly! I would not go crawl off in shame to nourish my child and heaven forbid any one who tried to stop me. I also wanted my two older
children to see me breastfeeding so that they would grow up knowing what a woman’s breast were truly for. At first I was very shy and made sure that he was always in a ring sling or that I was wearing a nursing
shirt because I was afraid of showing to much skin. But as the months went by even that didn’t seem to matter anymore. I mean, they are just breasts.
I see breasts everywhere – on males mowing the lawn or playing sports, on women at the pool, in movies, and on billboards – in fact most of them are showing more skin than I do while I breastfeed. So why should it matter if someone sees me using my breasts for what they were intended for? If my son is hungry I fed him no matter where I am or what I am wearing. If every woman did the same, maybe there would no longer be young women crying in bathroom stalls while they tried to feed a baby. My children
do not view breasts as purely sexual. In fact a few months ago we were at the park and my six year old son saw a woman feeing her baby a bottle of milk. He watched for a few minutes and then walked up to her, pointed to her breasts and whispered, “You know you don’t have to use that bottle, you have milk in those.” And yesterday while we were at the pool and a rather large busted woman in a itty bitty bikini walked past us, my nine year old daughter looked at me and said, “I bet she could feed 5 or 6

As a final note to Mary’s story, she’s involved with an organization, No Mother Left Behind, that donates baby slings to moms in need.

Fisher Price Toy Recall Because of Lead Paint

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Fisher Price is recalling 1.5 million toys because they may contain excessive levels of lead paint. From the company’s site:

Fisher-Price, in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is voluntarily recalling a limited number of Nickelodeon and Sesame Street painted toys produced by one specific contract manufacturer during a narrow timeframe. The recalled products were sold in retail stores nationwide since May 1, 2007. Paint on some of these products COULD contain lead in excess of permissible levels.

Click here to see photos of the toys that are recalled.

World Breastfeeding Week Book Contest — Winner 2

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Here is the second winner of my book contest …. Heather, of Worcester, MA sent me this breastfeeding story, and as a prize she’ll receive a copy of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Here’s Heather’s story:
Last night I was on the couch breastfeeding my 5 week old. My 4 year
old was sitting on the couch next to me. All of a sudden she says to
me, “Mommy look at me!” I turn to look and see her mimicking me and
trying to breastfeed our dog. She says to me, “Look, I’m
feeding Rocky!”

Fashion Week at Mama Knows Breast

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The paparazzi caught our babysitter sporting a Mama Knows Breast t-shirt the other day. Fortunately we got the photographer’s permission to print the photo here….
You too can hit our virtual run way. Buy a bib, onesie, hat or tshirt at my store on Cafe Press, take a picture and send it to me. I’m particularly looking for models who wear size 0 to 24 months.

World Breastfeeding Week Book Contest — Winner 1

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week, so watch this site for all sorts of stories. To kick things off, here is the first winner of my book contest …. Elizabeth, from the blog The Whole Family. She sent me her breastfeeding story, and as a prize she’ll receive a copy of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Here’s Elizabeth’s story:

I had my first baby almost 7 years ago. I knew that I wanted to breastfeed from the start. I had read a few books and watched a few videos before the baby was born. I had been invited to a La Leche League Meeting, but I never went. At the time, I thought LLL was a “club” for moms who were breastfeeding successfully or who really liked breastfeeding. The problem was that I was not enjoying my first experience with breastfeeding. I was in pain, engorged, milk leaking everywhere all of the time, tired, and lacking confidence.
I was surrounded by well-meaning friends and family that told me that I needed help with the baby, to go out and have a date with my hubby, to go run errands, to go…go…go…somewhere, anywhere, but near my newborn. They thought they were being nice. I felt pressure to leave the baby and I was miserable. I would pump and leave a bottle, but really I just wanted to be with my baby. I wish that I had the confidence then to follow my gut feelings about things, like I do now. They, nor I, realized that not being with the baby was really messing up my milk supply. I was engorged, got mastitis, thrush, etc… By the time Zoe was 12 weeks old, I thought I should have been in less pain. Things should have been better by then. I just couldn’t bare it anymore. I finally decided to wean her. I was devastated on the inside. I felt like a failure. I went about my way being a formula feeding mother for the rest of her first year.
When I became pregnant with my 2nd child, 15 mos. later, I had heard a little more about LLL meetings. I was determined to be successful at breastfeeding this time around. Successful to me, meant meeting that goal of nursing for 12 mos. When I was 7 mos. pregnant I started attending meetings. The meetings were so wonderful! I received so much helpful information, support, and phone numbers to call for help once the baby arrived. One of the LLL Leaders was also a Doula and was present with me for my birth.
The first few months of Xander’s life were rough. We had a terrible time with Thrush, had a few plugged ducts. and he was a fussy baby. But, my LLL Leaders were just a phone call away. I thought that they would get sick of me calling! I attended every meeting that they had. This time around my experience was so much better! I know it was because of the support I received from LLL. When Xander was almost 1 year old, I started my training to become a LLL Leader. I was stronger this time around. I was more confident in my mothering. Xander nursed until he was 25 mos. old. I was so proud of myself!
I now have my 3rd baby, and he is 23 mos. old and still nursing strong! I am still a LLL Leader and I love helping mothers breastfeed their babies. My story could have turned out so differently if it had not been for LLL. I feel as though I owe so much to them. Not only have I been successful at breastfeeding, but I’ve also learned so much about mothering by being near other moms with similar beliefs and lifestyles. What a blessing, not only to me, but to my Whole Family!

Congratulations Elizabeth! And if anyone wants to submit a story, it’s not too late.