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post #81 of 335
yep, 6.00 news..you can see her giving her interview, voiceover...cute activist it was reported positively, and tons of pics of nursing mamas!

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post #82 of 335

Thanks for the welcome!

Appreciate it. Hope to meet some of you soon - getting kind of lonely here without anyone I know now that hubby has gone back to work!

Yvonne
post #83 of 335
Hey! I think Ally's photo made it on Canoe's photo page on the nurse-in!
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2...379376-cp.html

Click on the "photo gallery", its on page 5 of 9!
post #84 of 335
oh, she's gorgeous!

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post #85 of 335
I was there! Mostly outside holding my sign. I got there after 1 and there were still 100 people inside. I hear there was double or more at 12:30. FABULOUS!
post #86 of 335
Wow, I'm impressed with the turn out at the nurse in. I had plans today, but not sure I would have been there. Not really the 'activist' type although I totally agree with the cause. Good for you Ally, and love the new haircut!

While I do breastfeed in public sometimes without using a canopy, I try to be as discreet as possible and I'm becoming less comfortable about it now that DS is getting older. . . .

The stigma exists even in my own home, with my dh having made comments like 'the only women who BF in public are the ones whose breasts you wouldn't want to see!' Of course this is such an ignorant, immature comment, but unfortunately, lots of people still hold similar views about how it's gross, distateful, etc. I was saddened to read the comments from the Vancouver Sun article about taking children away because of the psychological damage! Such ignorance!
post #87 of 335
just being the nurse-in, and so many people in support of breastfeeding in public, made it so much easier to meet my babe's needs today, riding the bus and out in the city...i'm hoping to take this perspective with me to england.

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post #88 of 335
Aw, we missed it today! glad so many of you and others made it. Any comments from staff/managers? Missed the news tonight too, think it will repeat tomorrow?

Apparently there's a virus going around on facebook so if you get a message from a friend saying they have a "hidden camera" video of you don't open it. I just did thinking "oh god, what could this be? me scratching my bum?" and am running a virus check now. Thankfully I have a Mac so probably safe, but used my mom's pc to open it after I couldn't so hope it's nothing too bad.
post #89 of 335
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The stigma exists even in my own home, with my dh having made comments like 'the only women who BF in public are the ones whose breasts you wouldn't want to see!'
Huh. My husband would whole heartily disagree.

Loved reading the articles and seeing the pictures. I've breast fed 3 kids in public over these 6 years, I've never covered up with a blanket, but I am fairly discreet, and I've never not once ever had any negative comments. Actually people usually think my child's just fallen to sleep in my arms. When my dad, Sadie and I were touring Hearst Castle in California and she was hot and tired and thirsty and insisted on nursing in the middle of the walking tour, I had quite a few people come over and give me the "awe, sleeping baby look". Bet they would've been pretty shocked if they had known what I was really doing!
post #90 of 335
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I'm soooo happy for the successful turn-out and proud of those of you that went. Thanks for standing up to make it a child's birthright to be breastfed...ANYWHERE!!!

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I love how you talked about the mama energy, artparent, I soooo would have felt that too, and had it lift me up, up up!!! I will be parenting differently in the days to come. So inspirational!!!

My DH said he would have totally come with us too, if we'd been able to swing it!!!
post #91 of 335
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yep, 6.00 news..you can see her giving her interview, voiceover...cute activist it was reported positively, and tons of pics of nursing mamas!

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6:00 News!!! Wow!!!

I'm going to see if the piece is up on their site, I may check the CBC News right now too!!!
post #92 of 335
Thread Starter 
way to go lactivist mamas!

: welcome tifille3

widemouthedfrog -- awesome link to woodmouse

seeking input on Cirkids --
Would my almost-5-yo ds love it? Would it drive me crazy trying to entertain 2 yo dd during it? Should he register for "Lions" (after school) or are there homeschooler programs for 5 yos?
post #93 of 335
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post #94 of 335
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I was there! Mostly outside holding my sign. I got there after 1 and there were still 100 people inside. I hear there was double or more at 12:30. FABULOUS!
That wasn't you that stopped a lady (me) with a sleeping baby on your way in was it?? Entering from the Granville entrance it looked like the nurse-in was a bust, until you got inside!
post #95 of 335
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way to go lactivist mamas!

: welcome tifille3

widemouthedfrog -- awesome link to woodmouse

seeking input on Cirkids --
Would my almost-5-yo ds love it? Would it drive me crazy trying to entertain 2 yo dd during it? Should he register for "Lions" (after school) or are there homeschooler programs for 5 yos?
I don't know Cirkids exactly, but I do know how much fun circus/acro stuff is and I think it would be perfect for your ds.

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That wasn't you that stopped a lady (me) with a sleeping baby on your way in was it?? Entering from the Granville entrance it looked like the nurse-in was a bust, until you got inside!
Maybe...I have brown shortish hair and was holding a sign that said 'Breastfeeding isn't dirty...don't hide it away'
post #96 of 335
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Huh. My husband would whole heartily disagree.
Mine would too, he think any breasts are worth looking at

The only time I have had anyone comment on my breastfeeding in public was a police officer trying to take my statement after we were in a car accident and I was nursing DD because she was upset and he was clearly uncomfortable when he figured it out (and said so and tried to go away and do something else while we finished) and a parking nazi at the airport who told me that I couldn't breastfeed in the rental parking lot (in an unmarked spot), I had to go park in pay parking. I told him I'd move as soon as DD was finished and he wrote me a parking ticket (but was so flustered he put the wrong plate on the ticket). That was more about being a jerk than about breastfeeding. Oh, and I've covered up exactly ONCE, when DD was 10 days old and I was still having trouble latching without getting the whole boob out there and getting it all lined up.
post #97 of 335
Ticket people and breastfeeding we sometimes drive to Davie to get takeout from Stephos and we park in Shoppers parking lot but our food ALWAYS takes longer than expected and this one time ds was wanting to nurse and we were 15 minutes past our time, but the ticket writer didn't want to come near...so we didn't get a ticket
post #98 of 335
Do you know what really ticks me off about the negative comments that have been flying around news feedback areas? People don't seem to realize that it doesn't matter if you don't like looking at breastfeeding or if you think it's wrong because in BC a woman's right to breastfeed when and where she pleases is entrenched in the BC Human Rights Code. It is a violation of that code to segregate or banish a breastfeeding mother. ARGH.
post #99 of 335
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seeking input on Cirkids --
Would my almost-5-yo ds love it? Would it drive me crazy trying to entertain 2 yo dd during it? Should he register for "Lions" (after school) or are there homeschooler programs for 5 yos?
My only experience with them was with ds1, and he was 14. He did a session of swinging trapeze, and had a blast. We were thinking of signing him up for a full session this fall, but it's expensive and his math tutoring has made it unlikely that we can pull it off, financially.

There's a program in North Van that I'm going to look into - think it's called the Vancouver Circus School, and it runs through our local rec commission. I've heard good things about it, and it's cheaper than CirKids. It's also morea more convenient location for me, but that wouldn't be the case for you. DS1 had a blast at CirKids, though, and the younger kids I saw leaving when we got there seemed to be having the time of their lives. I'm thinking about putting dd in something like that, and she's close to your ds in age.

I don't know about homeschool programs. It seems to me that I first came across CirKids while researching homelearning activities, but I don't remember the connection.


ETA: The circus school in North Van has homeschool programs, but they're not available until age six. All they have for kids 5 and under is trampoline.
post #100 of 335
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seeking input on Cirkids --
Would my almost-5-yo ds love it? Would it drive me crazy trying to entertain 2 yo dd during it? Should he register for "Lions" (after school) or are there homeschooler programs for 5 yos?
yes, it's hard to entertain little ones in the cirkids room, but if it isn't pouring rain, you can head outside to the pond, etc. I always let my younger kid play on the equipment in the lion's den (the younger kid room) when the kids were up on the trampolines, but I got scolded a lot.

Lucy loved cirkids, dexter loved it for a while, but they have teenagers teaching the youngest group, which is a bad mix, in my opinion -- they just aren't skilled enough to deal with the young kids, though dex's group was only 4 kids, but kind of hard to manage. that may have changed, though... they're a great group of people, and it's a great program, but for the littlest kids, all they really want to do is trampoline, and all the rest is kind of too hard for a 5 year old.

I'd take W~ to the north van trampoline class, actually -- that school was started by the original founding members of cirkids, who left after some conflict or another... unicycle and juggling is too hard for kids that age, but trampoline, they LOVE!!! maybe do trampoline one day and gymnastics another day? I'd save actual "circus school" until they're at least 7 or 8... otherwise I think they can burn out, because it's too frustrating to do some of the skills when you just don't have the coordination yet...
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