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Your Pictures: Breastfeeding in Scotland

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June 26, 2010

I’m starting a new feature here, on Mama Knows Breast.  It’s called “Your Pictures.”  You can send me your pictures related to breastfeeding… pics of you and your baby, pics of your favorite breastfeeding related product.  You name it. I’ll credit you, and if you have a blog, link back to your site.

So for the first picture, I have a photo that my friend Tony Dolan took while on vacation.  This picture was taken on June 26, in Glasgow, Scotland.  Tony thinks it was Buchanan street.  The banner says Glasgow Welcomes Breastfeeding.  And you can jsut barely see the international breastfeeding icon on the left hand corner.

If anyone can further identify this banner… maybe it was for a conference…let me know.

Now, go to your photo archives, or take a new picture, and send it to me.

The Boobie Beanie: Infant Hats That Look Like a Breast!

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Thanks to my cousin Tamra for sending me this link on Etsy. Your baby can wear this hat while feeding and it looks like a breast.

The designer Sara says:

This is a completely hand-made by me, crocheted infant hat made to look like a breast when worn by a baby/toddler/child, while nursing! It’s made of 100% organic cotton, and is very soft and warm. You have the option of a pink nipple or a brown one and I can also make it in a different skin tone, or size, if you’d like.

Best For Babes Ad Appears in USA Today

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Congratulations to Best For Babes, a breastfeeding advocacy group. Their awesome ad recently appeared in USA Today, reaching 2.2 million readers in the greater metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.   Bettina Forbes and Danielle Rigg started BfB in 2007 to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and combat some of the cultural barriers that can make it hard for some women to succeed at breastfeeding. From the press release about the ad campaign:

“Most moms want to breastfeed, and don’t realize how they are being undermined by the very institutions that should be helping them.  Whether they breastfeed for 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years or not at all, they deserve to achieve their personal goals.   We’re clearing through the information clutter–much of it misleading–and are showing them how to succeed and who they can trust, much like a personal trainer or nutritionist would for someone who wants to get fit,” says Best for Babes Co-Founder Bettina Forbes. 


The ad, which is part of a series of arresting visuals,  is the first of its kind that aims to raise awareness of the “WHO-Code”–the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and direct parents to hospitals, doctors, employers and resources that are WHO-Code compliant.   “Most parents don’t know that the WHO-Code was created to protect parent’s right to make an informed feeding decision at one of the most vulnerable and precious times of their lives–the birth of a child,   explains Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC and a leading expert on WHO-Code compliance…

…Best for Babes aims to raise funds to continue the series on billboards and bus stations.    The USA Today Pregnancy & Wellness Report, produced by Media Planet….will (also) be distributed to ob/gyn offices and physicians through the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will be carried in all Destination Maternity stores, distributed at March of Dimes events, will be circulated to 25,000 members of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and all member organizations, and all physician members of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

The ad will also be in a special Pregnancy & Wellness report that will be distributed to ob/gyn offices and physicians through the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; carried in all Destination Maternity stores; distributed at March of Dimes events; circulated to 25,000 members of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and all member organizations, and all physician members of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

So kudos, ladies.  Hats off (or should I say bras off) to you.

An Apology for The Mom Who Says She Was Asked To Stop Breastfeeding at Colorado Rockies Game

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UPDATE: The family says they received a letter of apology from Coors Field’s Director of Guest Services.  To read the apology in its entirety, go to Facebook, and join the group Nurse In @ Colorado Rockies.  Here’s a clip from the letter.

…It is regrettable that we were not able to speak that night as I believe we could have explained our actions to your satisfaction. We have no policy prohibiting breastfeeding in the park, in fact it is something that occurs quite often here. We work hard to make Coors Field a family ballpark and believe that breastfeeding is something that goes with the family environment.

I have spoken to the staff involved and each of them assure me they were only trying to offer you alternatives to feeding in the seating area. Normally our interactions with a mother who wishes to breastfeed involves her asking for a more private area away from the crowd.

I believe that the staff assumed they were helping by offering these alternatives, when in fact you just wanted to attend to your child and continue to enjoy the game. I can understand this was not how you perceived their actions and were offended. I can only apologize and use this situation to educate my staff to prevent a similar situation in the future.

We have instructed the staff that if a mother who is breastfeeding does not ask for assistance to continue to do their jobs like they normally would and not approach her with suggestions of alternate areas. If they feel that the mother would benefit from these suggestions; such as a very hot day or adverse weather, to begin the interaction by informing her that there is no issue with feeding in the seating area but we can provide alternate areas for her and her child if she would like…

Original Post:

A Colorado mom says ushers at Coors Field asked her to breastfeed her baby in the bathroom during a Colorado Rockies game.  From the ABC station in Denver (click here also to watch a video):

A Colorado Springs mother is demanding an apology from the Colorado Rockies after she said she was harassed by several ushers at Coors Field because she was breastfeeding.  Sandra Snow and her family were seated in the nosebleed section during Tuesday’s baseball game when she decided to nurse her hungry newborn daughter.   She moved to an empty row behind her seat so no one was around. She claims she was fully covered.  “An usher came up to me and told me I needed to do that in the family restroom,” said Snow.  “I told her, ‘I’d be done in a moment and I would come down then.’

After finishing, Snow said another employee came to her, reiterating that there were family restrooms in the ballpark.  “What I felt was, ‘This was offensive to other people and that I needed to take my disgrace to the restroom,’” Snow said. “I’m always careful about covering up and making sure nobody sees anything they don’t want to see.”

The family was so upset they decided to leave the game early.  “I was shocked this was still an issue in this day and age,” Snow said.  7NEWS checked out the family restroom and found the only place Snow could sit to nurse was on the toilet.  “What other time do we eat and use the restroom? That was not an appropriate area for me to feed a child,” Snow said.

Women in Colorado have a legal right to breastfeed in public.  A Rockies spokesman denies that employees took issue with Snow nursing, instead they claim the issue was that she had moved to a row that was closed off.  But what isn’t clear is, if that was the case, why did the ushers bring up the issue of her nursing.  The Rockies said nursing is allowed in any public area of the ballpark and that employees are trained on the policy.  Snow has e-mailed a complaint to the team and recently posted her story on Facebook.  “That is not their position to say where I feed my child and why I choose to feed her the way I do,” Snow said. “I just don’t think I will be going to any more professional baseball games.”


An Apology About Google Adsense

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I just noticed that Google Adsense, which I have on my site, is serving me an ad for infant formula.  I’m going to see if I can figure out how to get rid of that.  I’m not sure, though, if it is something I can control… And this is actually one of many reasons I recently switched to have Blogher ads on my site.   Blogher gives you a lot of control over the type of ads you want to appear on your site.  You can actually specify types of ads you don’t want.  In my case, I checked that I didn’t want any ads from formula companies.  Kudos to Blogher for recognizing this as something many people want to control.

The Atlantic Story on Supplements in Infant Formula

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There’s an interesting story in The Atlantic about supplements that companies are adding to infant formula.  The author, Marion Nestle, a professor at New York University (and the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics) writes:

If you don’t have a small baby, or if your baby is breastfed (and see note at the end of this post), you no doubt are missing the furor over “functional” ingredients that companies have been adding to infant formulas.

DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid) came first. As I discuss in my book What to Eat, infant formula companies could not wait to add it. They knew they could market it on the basis of preliminary evidence associating DHA with visual and cognitive benefits in young infants. Although evidence for long-term benefits is scanty, the companies also knew that they could charge higher prices for formulas containing DHA.

The FDA approved the use of DHA in infant formulas on the grounds that it is safe, but did not require the companies to establish that DHA makes any difference to infant health after the first year. Because of its marketing advantage, virtually all infant formulas now contain DHA. Surprise! They also cost more.

Companies now want to add other ingredients, such as prebiotics, probiotics, lutein, lycopene, and betacarotene, which also can be marketed as healthier and at higher prices.

In response, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has issued a report (PDF) on the lack of evidence for the benefits of functional ingredients and the substantial harm they will cause to the economic viability of the WIC program, the USDA’s assistance program for low-income mothers and children.

Breastfeeding May Reduce Fevers After Immunizations

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The first time our eldest son had to get a shot, I wept.  I simply couldn’t stand the thought that he was in pain.  Fortunately, I was breastfeeding, and I stuck him on my boob as soon as the doctor was done.  Sure enough, the crying stopped.

Now, a new study shows that breastfed babies are less likely to get fevers after immunizations than babies who are partially breastfed or who receive formula.  The study, which was done at a vaccination center in Naples, Italy, was published in the June issue of Pediatrics. From the site WebMd:

“Infants in the new study had received their first or second dose of the combination vaccine to prevent six diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type B, poliovirus, and hepatitis B co-administered with a vaccine to prevent pneumococcal meningitis. The moms were taught how to take temperatures rectally and told to take their infants’ temperature on the night that the shots were given and for the following three days.

Of 460 infants, 25% of infants who were exclusively breastfed developed a fever, as did 31% of infants who were partially breastfed and 53% of those who were exclusively formula-fed. The protective effects of breastfeeding held even after researchers took into account other risk factors for fever such as vaccine dose, maternal smoking, maternal education, and the presence of other children in the household…

Exactly why breastfed infants are less likely to develop a fever after getting shots is unclear, but breast milk may contain certain anti-inflammatory substances that could potentially reduce fever risk. It may also be due to the fact that breastfed infants are less likely to stop eating when they don’t feel well because breastfeeding provides a sense of comfort during illness…

‘It could be that there is some anti-inflammatory protective benefit in breast milk,” says Natali Aziz, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. She tells WebMD that she routinely encourages new moms to breastfeed. “There is a significant amount of data and research that maternal antibodies are transferred during breastfeeding and can be protective against viral infections.’”

Ultrasound Shows How Breastfeeding Works

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This is a very cool ultrasound video that shows how breastfeeding works.

To read more about the study behind this video, click here to the newscientist.com

Some Moms Talk About Breastfeeding

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A couple of weeks ago I went to a book party for The Hot Mom To Be Handbook. Courtesy of Shari Criso, here’s a video recorded at the event. We’ve got Liza Elliott-Ramirez (founder of Expecting Models) interviewing me, Bettina Forbes (co-founder of Best for Babes) and Shari (of the Simply Breastfeeding video). The audio is a bit tough in spots, but you get the idea… a bunch of moms talking about babes and boobs!  Here’s the link to the video (or you can click on the image below).

A “Hot Mom” Conversation with Jessica Denay at her NYC “The Hot Mom to be Handbook” event from Joe Criso on Vimeo.