We're wrapping up a fun World Breastfeeding Week, though I've since discovered that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, so I guess the breastfeeding goodness will keep on rocking!
- "if they are young enough to ask for it…" from living peacefully with children: Gorgeous way of turning “If they are old enough to ask for it, they are too old to nurse” on its head.
- "Breast Milk Sugars Give Infants a Protective Coat" from The New York Times: Lizzi at the Hobo Mama Facebook page shared this fascinating link. Apparently, a large part of breast milk is indigestible and serves to line the infant stomach and protect from bacteria. When I read this quote —
"Dr. German and his colleagues are trying to 'deconstruct' milk, on the theory that the fluid has been shaped by 200 million years of mammalian evolution and holds a wealth of information about how best to feed and defend the human body."— I thought, Ah, they're trying to design better formula. Because usually that's what's funding the studies, and that's what the aim is. But then I read this last quote:
"Such findings have made the three researchers keenly aware that every component of milk probably has a special role. 'It’s all there for a purpose, though we’re still figuring out what that purpose is,' Dr. Mills said. 'So for God’s sake, please breast-feed.'"Intense!
- "Join the boob-olution" from The Bump: Some celebrities have gotten together to do a "Breastfeeding Doesn't Suck!" PSA and share their breastfeeding stories. I thought Ali Landry's story was particularly pleasant. Part of her testimonial:
"I have a friend who is a hair stylist. I was nursing when she was pregnant. I would tell her how much I enjoyed it. She would always respond, 'I am not breastfeeding, I do not want to feel like a cow.' Everytime I would see her, I would encourage her just to try when she was in the hospital. If it's not for you, then don't do it. Her baby is now 2 years old and she is still nursing her. She sold her salon and moved to Florida just so she could spend more time with her daughter. Breastfeeding changed her life. I am so proud that I was able to influence her to nurse. She is my biggest convert to breastfeeding!"Here's the PSA:
- Attachment Parenting Teleseminar with special guest Mayim Bialik: Monday, August 16, at 8 p.m. Eastern, $19.
"Register for this call to hear hosts Lu Hanessian and API cofounder Barbara Nicholson talk with attachment parenting mother of two and actress Mayim Bialik. Hear about Mayim's personal AP parenting experiences. Find out about her new projects, including an AP book she's writing on what babies need (and don't need) and why she feels so compelled to spread the word."I get so many hits on my blog still for people looking for more Mayim Bialik information ever since I first wrote that post about Mayim's (then upcoming) appearance on What Not To Wear: "Mayim Bialik blossoms as an attachment parent." So this is for you, search fans. Register for the teleseminar and be sated. Mayim Bialik.
- I am pleased to offer a breastfeeding-related giveaway that ends Sept. 3:
- A WondaWedge Inflatable Back Support Pillow for nursing, pregnancy, reading in bed, & relaxing on the beach. It's a $24 value and is open to my fine U.S. friends.
- An amazing $50 gift certificate at Amy Adele for adorable children's and family personalized stationery, labels, and clothing (and low entries, which is really surprising me! It's a cool 50 bucks!).
- A Libre Tea Glass that allows you to enjoy loose-leaf tea on the go — whether hot or iced! Perfect with the beverages we all came up with in my post on refreshing summer drinks.
- "In World Breastfeeding Week statement, Surgeon General says new Call to Action will focus on disparities" from The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog: Breastfeeding success varies greatly across racial, income, and age groups.
"It's time that we made a concerted effort to reduce these gaps."
- "Do It All Over Again" from TopHat blogging at Nursing Freedom: If you could write a letter back in time, what would you tell your less experienced self about nursing in public? I love her self-supportive choice.
- "The Joys of Breastfeeding Past Infancy #17" from Dionna also blogging at Nursing Freedom:
"Less than 20% of mothers breastfeed past their child’s first year of life. That means less than one in five mothers will ever hear her child’s sweet voice coo 'I love mama’s milk.' Less than one in five mothers will see her child run toward her with arms outstretched and a breathtaking smile of anticipation, intent on a snuggle at mama’s comforting breast."I feel so privileged to be in that sweet minority.
Hope you had a wonderful celebration of breastfeeding awareness this past week! I'll save my non-nursing related links for next week, to keep the theme going.
Today we're off to a Mariners baseball game. Mikko's been a couple times before (above is at 1 year, and below is at 2), but I don't know if he remembers. He might not remember this time, either, but we'll make sure it's fun, just in case!
Note the mature person making a face beyond Mikko's shoulder. Everyone's impressed, loser.
You can find more shared items during the week at my public Google Reader recommendations feed.
Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, Maman A Droit, and Navelgazing for more Sunday Surfing!
Feel free to add your recommendations in the comments. Happy reading!