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I’ll never understand the logic behind a society that both accepts the unnecessary sexualization of female bodies for advertisements and shames public breastfeeding. Seriously, it doesn’t make sense. The entire point of having breasts is lactation and when a baby is hungry, do we seriously expect women to deprive them just because someone doesn’t want to see a boob? Women literally have been asked to stop feeding their hungry babies because it makes them ... Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. “Scars, rolls, bones, big or small breasts, wrinkles all tell a story,” says the photographer Jade Beall. Last summer, we featured Ashlee Wells Jackson’s remarkable and powerful series of photographs celebrating the post-pregnancy bodies of a diverse group of women; Beall does something similar in her new book A Beautiful Body Project: The Bodies of Mothers.    Like Jackson, Beall struggled ... Read More
  A multicomponent mass media campaign was launched in Vietnam promoting the life-saving practice of exclusively breastfeeding for babies’ first 6 months. Exclusive breastfeeding is described by some as the single most effective intervention for preventing child deaths, and the benefits of this practice are well documented. Experts claim that for the first 6 months of a baby’s life, it is best if it is simply fed breastmilk and only breastmilk. ... Read More
  Huzzah! It’s an article about breastfeeding that doesn’t include shaming, ridicule, or a nursing mom being kicked off Facebook!Jackie Johnson-Smith had a very encouraging experience whilst dining out with her family: someone paid part of their tab. Because she was breastfeeding.When Johnson-Smith’s husband received the receipt for their meal, this lovely note was written on it:  “I bought one of your pizzas…please thank ... Read More
  As much as I support mamas helping mamas and I’m 200% for breastfeeding, I just can’t find it in me to understand these lengths that women go to for vegan breast milk. Alicia Silverstone has used her blog, The Kind Life, to set up Kind Mama Milk Share for vegan moms to connect and donate breast milk. Personally I think its great that women will drive and ship breast milk from far and wide to help other women in need. I really do. And I also ... Read More
Air travel is not the most pleasant of life’s activities. Cramped quarters, weird smells (seriously, how can there be so many different bad smells in one small space?) and forced intimacy with strangers can all add up to some ‘fun’ times. How about adding painful breasts full of milk into the mix? Throw in a rude flight attendant and public humiliation and you have yourself a full- blown nighmare.   Such was the experience for Indiana native ... Read More
What’s the deal with Facebook hating so hard lately, taking down photos revealing realities of women’s issues?   This past week Facebook banned Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir, an Icelandic women’s rights activist, for reposting sexist comments she found publicly posted on the site.  Now we’re hearing that Facebook punished a woman for posting a photo of herself breastfeeding her daughter. Gina Crosley-Corcoran is the ... Read More
 This week's Time magazine cover story about Bill Sears has everyone up in arms. Even though the article is about Sears himself, the cover image shows a woman breastfeeding her large child, and the headline "Are you Mom Enough?' seems to be screaming "Lady, you are a freak!"  Even though the boy on the cover is apparently 3 years old, he looks to be about 5 or 6. Folks are saying this is pedophilia, and perverted. While everyone knows "breast is best" ... Read More
The South certainly has us buzzing this afternoon! It seems that every day there is a breaking story about a new assault on women's rights. The latest addition to the fray comes from Georgia (my home state: keep up the good work, y'all). Mother of four Nirvana Jennette reports that she was asked to leave church for breastfeeding her child during a service. The incident didn't end there, however, as Jennette claims the pastor compared her breastfeeding to a ... Read More
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been reading a lot about breasts lately. Not only does public breastfeeding cause an uproar, but resources to help these women are being thrown under the bus too! And seemingly, West 70th, between Broadway and Columbus, the Upper Breast Side, can be considered a mecca for breastfeeding mothers. Owner, Felina Rakowski-Gallagher opened in hopes of providing a space for women that would make breastfeeding easier ... Read More