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In the news: breasts and other boobs

Read the Artful Flower’s inspired essay on breastfeeding and censorship here.

And watch the powerful Frontline on how Dick Cheney purposefully became Vice President just to “restore executive power” – or “create a tyranny” – however you may wish to interpret it.  The details of events are spelled out – I highly recommend a viewing online.

How I’m celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

Last year I wrote one of my favorite posts about all that you can do to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (yes, I’ve actually linked to my old blog).  Here are the things I’ll be doing this week to be supportive of breastfeeding, although I am no longer a lactating person myself.  I’ve done all the normal stuff, so this year I had to put a little more thought into it.

– Smiling at all breastfeeding moms who nurse in public.  Nursing moms get many more sideways glances and scowls – trust me, I’ve been there.  Is there anything so beautiful as a woman feeding her child the world’s perfect infant food?  Is there nothing so powerful as a woman unafraid to risk social stigma do do what’s best for her own child?  Let’s let them know just how amazing they are.

– Throwing away all toy bottles in my home.  This may seem extreme to some.  It’s not that I’m trying to say that bottles are evil.  I just want my children growing up with the image in their minds that breastfeeding is the preferred way to feed a baby.  Already our media portrays the bottle as the normal way to feed babies – I’m working to at least counter that within my on home.  When we play dolls at our house, kids’ shirts come up and babies are placed upon child chests.  It’s quite endearing, actually.

– Attending my first Le Leche League meeting.   Did you know that any woman is welcome to attend a LLL meeting (although some groups do not allow men as it makes some women uncomfortable)?  My own town’s LLL no longer has regular meetings so I’ll be attending an hour and a half away.  I’m kicking around the idea of becoming a Le Leche League Leader…stay tuned…

Breastmilk: It’s not just for babies anymore!

Have you heard the news? Jennifer Laycock over at the Lactivist is out claiming that breastmilk is not just for infant consumption.  In fact, we all should be drinking it.

Or that’s what the attorneys at Fagre & Benson and the National Pork Board would have you believe she meant with her “The Other White Milk” t-shirts for sale at her CafePress.com store.  And namely one Jennifer Daniel Collins, esquire, an associate attorney who was paid to write this letter to Jennifer, accusing her of trying to confuse us into consuming breastmilk instead of pork products, as pointed out in this quote from the cease and dissist letter:

“In addition, your use of this slogan also tarnishes the good reputation of the National Pork Board’s mark in light of your apparent attempt to promote the use of breastmilk beyond merely for infant consumption, such as with the following slogans on your website in close proximity to the slogan “The Other White Milk.” “Dairy Diva,” “Nursing, Nature’s Own Breast Enhancement,” “Eat at Mom’s, fast-fresh-from the breast,” and “My Milk is the Breast.”

I can’t help but feel sorry for the young Ms. Collins.  She seems like a nice girl.  She has an impressive education and a good start in her budding professional life.  But now, I imagine she has now been reduced to turning out boring trademark infringement letter after letter like this so she decided to have a little fun and throw in the above laughable paragraph.

Luckily, thanks to bloggers and readers, the Pork Board has now given the Lactivist an apology and they are working towards a resolution.  Hooray for the online community!


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