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Madonna, The Election and Me

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Read this post I have over on New York City Moms Blog. It’s about going to a Madonna concert.

The Angelina Jolie W Magazine Is on Newsstands

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I managed to find a newsstand here in New York City that was already selling the November issue of W that has Angelina Jolie breastfeeding on the cover. I was really excited to get my copy, and carried it with us around the city on a rare night out. I thumbed through it in the dark of a movie theater, and was thrilled to find two additional shots of her nursing one of the twins.
All of the photos are gorgeous. They’re grainy, black and white. Brad Pitt took them, and this article tells the backstory of how he tracked down some special film that’s no longer manufactured.
I’ve already talked about how celebrities, like Angelina Jolie, can be role models for new moms when it comes to breastfeeding. But I think the more important story here is how a magazine embraced this photo and put it on it’s cover.
There are countless other photos W magazine could have used for the cover shot. Certainly others that are equally endearing or artistic. But the choice to use this particular photo shows the magazine’s willingness to depict breastfeeding as normal, natural and beautiful. This choice is especially significant, coming from a fashion magazine. Advertisments consistently use breasts to sell clothing. So it’s great to finally see breasts doing what they’re intended to do– feed a baby.
You might remember the controversy BabyTalk magazine faced a couple of years ago when it put a nursing baby on it’s cover. This time around, however, there seems to be little of that. Maybe it’s because the Angelina photo is more subtle. Maybe it’s because it’s Angelina herself. Or maybe, just maybe, we’re becoming a little more accepting of public images of breastfeeding. I’d like to think that’s the case.
So cautiously, I’d say, we’ve “come a long way, baby.”

Please Watch This Video of Retired General Colin Powell Endorsing Barack Obama

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Retired General Colin Powell was Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. Under George Bush. Yes, that’s right. Powell is a Republican, and today he endorsed Obama.
Please take 7 minutes to listen to what he has to say.

Breastfeeding Can Fight Poverty

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Today is Blog Action Day. Across the country, and the world, bloggers are all writing posts on the topic of poverty. Through the power of the internet, people are sharing ideas and perspectives on a topic that affects both “developed” and “developing” countries.
So what does breastfeeding have to do with poverty? While there’s obviously a distinction between true poverty and economic hardship, there is an undeniable economic aspect to breastfeeding. To put it as basically as possible, breastfeeding is free. Formula costs money. Breastfeeding protects against a whole host of illnesses and diseases. As a result, breastfeeding can lead to fewer trips to the doctor (hopefully), and thus dollars saved for both an individual and society as a whole.
Here is a great quote I found on Breastfeeding123 from the late James P. Grant, past Executive Director of UNICEF:

Breastfeeding is a natural safety net against the worst effects of poverty. If a child survives the first month of life, the most dangerous period of childhood, then for the next 4 months or so, exclusive breastfeeding goes a long way towards cancelling out the health difference between being born into poverty or being born into affluence. It is almost as if breastfeeding takes the infant out of poverty for those few vital months in order to give the child a fairer start in life and compensate for the injustices of the world into which it was born.

In recognition of Blog Action Day, my fellow breastfeeding bloggers and I are joining in this effort. Here are links to their posts:
Breastfeeding 123: Five Damaging Myths About Breastfeeding and Poverty
Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog: How Breastfeeding Fights Poverty
Breastfeeding Mums: Lack of Knowledge Affects Breastfeeding Rates
Baby Fingers: An Ounce of Prevention

The W Magazine Cover and Story About Angelina Jolie

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Here’s the link to the story. You can see some of the photos here, but you’ll have to buy the magazine to see all of them. I’m heading to the newsstand tomorrow to see if I can track down a copy.
On a side note, the Reuters story that quotes me has been getting picked up all over the place. Quite funny to see it on the FOX News website.

Angelina Jolie and The W Magazine Cover

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I’m quoted in this Reuters article about Angelina Jolie and the photo of her breastfeeding on the cover of W Magazine.

Angelina Jolie Breastfeeding Picture on W Magazine Cover

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I’ve written before about super mom Angelina Jolie breastfeeding her twins. Well now there’s word that W Magazine has a cover photo of her breastfeeding one of the twins. The November issue hasn’t hit the stands yet, so I haven’t seen the actual issue yet. From what I’ve heard, you can’t see too much of what’s going on. But reports say that she is in fact feeding one of the twins, and that daddy Brad Pitt took the pic. You can see it here. More to come!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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My brother (the doctor) sent me an email yesterday suggesting I do a blog post about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I thanked him, and then realized that it was sort of troubling that I needed that reminder. It was troubling that, in essence, I needed a reminder to do a monthly breast self-exam.
For some reason I’ve always been a bit negligent in this department. Maybe it’s squeamishness. Maybe it’s that I can’t tell what’s normal and what’s not. Maybe I’m afraid I’ll find something wrong. So now, in recognition of this month, I’m resolving to be more diligent.
A while back, when I was still breastfeeding, I actually had a huge bump on the side of my breast. It really freaked me out. Fortunately, it went away as soon as I fed the baby and was no longer engorged. But I did go to the doctor anyway. She did a thorough check and determined that I was fine.

Breastfeeding can actually decrease your chances of getting breast cancer
, but you are still at risk. Heike Malakoff is someone who knows this all too well. She was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after weaning her twin sons. She has now started an organization called Check Your Boobies. Her website can teach you how to do a breast exam on your self. It will even send you a monthly reminder to do so.
So take the time to think about this aspect of your health. Have your doctor do a breast exam at your next check up. Ask her if it’s time for you to get a mammogram. And sign up for the Check Your Boobies email reminder.
For more information on breast cancer, or to make a donation to a breast cancer organization, check out these sites:
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute

Mama Knows Breast For Sale on BabyCenter Website

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This may have been here for a while, and I just discovered it. I’m not quite sure. But you can now buy my book, “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding” on the BabyCenter site. They’ve got it for 10% off. Here’s the link.

Booster Seat Ratings

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Last spring we bought a booster seat for our older son to use when we went on a vacation. We figured it would be easier to bring than our behemoth car seat. Sadly, this booster seat will have to go. It didn’t pass a new test by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Here’s the report from the IIHS that you can read to find the best seat. And here’s a Wall Street Journal article.