Photographer and father of two, Hector Cruz, believes that dads should know just as much about latching, pumping, mastitis and nipple cream as new mothers do. That’s why he founded Project Breastfeeding, an organization whose mission is to destigmatize public breastfeeding, educate men about what a vital role they play, and empower and support women. Keep reading »
New mothers in the United Arab Emirates are now required by law to breastfeed their babies for two years, according to a clause in the country’s Child Rights law. Mothers who cannot nurse would be provided with a wet nurse by the government. One viewpoint held by the council is that children have the right to be breastfed, according to Islamic teaching; another compared not breastfeeding — just giving your baby formula — to child neglect. Keep reading »
“Today, the choir will sing, but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry. If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here.”
It’s not often the Catholic Church does something that I actually like. So I am very pleased to read that when Pope Francis baptized 32 babies yesterday, he first told all the mothers sitting in the pews of the Sistine Chapel not to feel shy about breastfeeding. How awesome is that? Last month, the Pope also told an Italian newspaper that he encouraged a mother to nurse her hungry child in the church, even though she seemed hesitant to do so — perhaps out of fear that it would be frowned upon by fellow churchgoers. Hey, it happens practically everywhere else. By encouraging nursing moms to breastfeed when they — and their babies! — see fit, the Pope is making a strong statement that breastfeeding should not be looked at as risqué or sinful. That’s a message moms everywhere need to hear. [Independent UK] [Image of breastfeeding mother via Shutterstock; image of Pope Francis via Getty]
As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look at the Good, the Meh, and the Ugly in the world of motherhood this past year. Keep reading »
Leading the way in creating Mommy Issues For 20-somethings of the future, Maha Al Musa, a 51-year-old mom who told the UK tabloid New! that she plans to breastfeed her daughter Aminah until she is 10 years old. Yes, you read that correctly. She’ll be breastfeeding her child until the 5th grade.
Aminah, who is five right now, has been nursing since birth. Al Musa believes it helps Aminah’s immune system and insists that she’s healthier and calmer than most other kids. She also feels a special bond with her daughter: “The moment I felt that bond, I was instantly hooked,” Al Musa told The New York Post. Um. I get that breastfeeding is supposed to be a bonding experience and all, but isn’t this kind of taking the “helicopter parent” thing too far? Keep reading »
When 26-year-old Vicki Griffiths gave birth to baby Eva earlier this month, she was looking forward to breastfeeding her child. That is, until she discovered that Eva was born with two formidable, bottom teeth. Griffiths quickly changed her mind and went with bottle feeding.
“She had her mouth closed to begin with, so we didn’t notice. It was quite bizarre to see them. I had been planning to breastfeed, but when I saw Eva’s teeth I was put off. I don’t think anybody could blame me!” Giffiths told the Daily Mail. Nope, we certainly don’t blame her. Though, if you’re pregnant — or planning to be someday — don’t let Eva’s teeth haunt your nipples. Only about one in every 3,000 babies are born with chompers.[Daily Mail UK]