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The Politics of Vitamin D: Questioning Universal Supplementation

Katherine Barber and Mishawn Purnell-O'NealIssue 117, March/April 2003 As early as the spring of 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) may recommend that all breastfed babies receive a daily supplement of vitamin D, based on the belief that breastmilk is deficient in vitamin D and can lead to rickets in babies who are exclusively breastfed. Such a recommendation is paradoxical: While breastmilk is supposedly the best form of infant nutrition (as mothers, physicians, and even infant-formula companies agree), it is somehow lacking in sufficient amounts of... read more

In the Eye of the Storm: A Mother's True Story of Confronting AIDS, Fate, and the State

By Kathleen TysonWeb Exclusive - September 2001 Editor’s note: Last year, Kathleen Tyson of Eugene, Oregon, tested positive for HIV during her pregnancy and later was threatened with the loss of her child if she breastfed. To personalize the issues surrounding HIV, breastfeeding, and parental informed consent, Mothering asked Kathleen to write about her experience. September 17, 1998, is a date I will always remember. I was six months pregnant, and at 38 feeling a little old for the rigors of pregnancy, a full-time job, and the care of our ten-year-old daughter. But my... read more

Natural Parenting Toolbox: Breastfeeding and Medications

Here is a brief rundown on commonly taken drugs and their safety for breastfeeding infants: Pain Killers: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) are safe to use occasionally. Long-acting nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as naproxen (Aleve) should be avoided. Antihistimines: Choose non-sedating antihistamines (such as Claritin and Zyrtec). Avoid pseudoephedrine (used in many cold remedies) because it may suppress milk production. For seasonal allergies, ask your health care... read more

Breastfeeding Media Reviews

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Fatherhood and economic realities

I turned my blog entry here into an op-ed for the British Guardian newspaper, on how the recession could affect fathers and fatherhood. Many of the comments are interestingly hostile, resisting the idea that fathers can or should be anything but breadwinners. A friend of mine observed "that the negative commenters' real problem is with the economic realities that make a single-income household economically precarious, rather than with a dad staying home after, say, being laid off. But somehow it's easier to object to a social more than an economic one. i.e. easier to... read more

Interesting Nonetheless

These photos have absolutely nothing to do with breastfeeding, but I could not sleep without sharing them with you. What's funny is I had no idea that breast augmentation and face injections weren't new. See for yourself. 1. Young woman getting "laugh" wrinkles around mouth smoothed out. Bel Air, CA, US 1961 © Time Inc. 2. Woman getting injection which builds up fatty tissue under skin to get rid of wrinkles. Bel Air, CA, US 1961 © Time Inc. 3. Young woman showing results after plastic surgery to enhance size of her breasts. Bel Air, CA, US 1961 © Time Inc. read more

Back from Hiatus + More Historic Breastfeeding Photos

So! As usual I have succumbed to yet another hiatus. I am trying to blog more regularly about historic breastfeeding, but life keeps getting in the way and before I know it a day has turned into a week and then a week has turned into a month. Yada. Yada. You've heard it before... To help me gain more energy and focus, I've enlisted the help of my good friend, Penny of BottlingHealth.com, to assist me with my food choices and meditation. There is so much that I want to accomplish in my life, but at the moment, everything is really stagnant and I find myself with... read more

Have Attitudes About Breastfeeding Changed?

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First of all, I'd like to thank all of you who left a comment on my last post. You wouldn't believe how very encouraging they are. I can keep digging for photos when I know you're reading. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Most of you have probably heard about the big Facebook virtual nurse-in that happened over the weekend. Tens of thousands of nursing moms are upset that Facebook bans nursing photos, but they have no qualms about showing pornographic ads to their users. Well, this disdain for nursing -- public or otherwise -- is certainly not new. Check... read more

The Beauty of Breastfeeding

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Did you receive your January/ February issue of Mothering? I did and I can't help but feel immensely encouraged and happy about life. Although I'm a little partial, I have always loved the sense of community and mothering love Mothering magazine exudes. It's such a treat for all of us. It's been awhile since I blogged last. I often do a disappearing act when life gets in the way. I've been thinking of ways to create some sort of community with all of you, my dear readers. Getting constant feedback from you helps me keep going as it takes immense time and dedication... read more

At My Breast

His hair is a velvet phrase A brown nap on his round head, he drinks and is drunk in my arms. My nipple like the nib of the pen writes a poem inside him. His hand rests in my palm; a tiny starfish brought to the shore of my skin.   Read more poems read more

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