Fran Drescher courted controversy last week during a radio interview in which she said that breastfeeding "poisons" infants and recommended that nursing mothers get their breast milk tested for toxins.
Although milksharing is an ancient practice that probably dates back as far as humans do, many people today know little about it. I'll try to shed some light on three common misconceptions I have encountered in my own journey.
The uncensored truth wouldn't have dissuaded me from breastfeeding my baby (the benefits are just too compelling), but it would have helped me cope with the seemingly endless barrage of challenges.
Flexible programs don't do a lot of good unless people actually use them.
I agree whole-heartedly with Pine and have been faced with similar situations where I wondered what I would do if I had no babysitter available when I needed to teach a class.
Hollywood producers wanted somebody to attack other mothers for their choices; that's what makes for good television. Even if it is a mischaracterization of the debate. I can't.
In a class whose whole premise involves feminism and culture, if your sensibilities are offended by the notion of a mother feeding her baby, then it seems you're not quite ready for college, let alone this seminar.
I hope these tips help moms keep their supply up and continue breastfeeding when returning to work!
Let's stop thinking about breasts in terms of sin, immorality and bimbo-ism.
Our ability to nurse is presented to American women as the most basic, natural thing a woman can do for her child. So when it doesn't work, we're blamed.
What Americans need is a set of laws, government programs and business practices that support babies and their families.
More and more nursing moms are turning to drugs to help them produce more milk. This form of "extreme breastfeeding" is becoming more popular -- but is it worth the risk?
Instead of unhooking a secret panel in my bra, I reached into my bag for a second time and shiftily pulled out a brand new, baby blue container filled with white powder.
The key difference between Europe and the United States when it comes to breastfeeding are legal protections of paid parental leave, paid sick leave and, in some cases allowances for longer lunch hours to breastfeed.
Taking that formula and the coupons from the pro-breast milk NICU, I felt like I was reading a woman's magazine with a too-skinny model on the cover and a feature story inside about positive body image.
Maryann Sahoury's goal was to teach others about breastfeeding. Instead, she learned a few lessons herself: To read things before you sign them. And that people can be creeps.