Friday, February 18, 2011

Breastfeeding in the News

Breastfeeding is making a splash on both ends of the spectrum in D.C. There's this:

Guards at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn museum told a mother she would have to go sit on the toilet if she wanted to continue breastfeeding her baby. Rightfully angry mothers organized a nurse-in to protest. The museum offered a public apology and informed the guards that they  had violated a law allowing mothers to nurse in public.

But there's also this: "Michelle Obama calls for removal of breastfeeding barriers at work"
I find Michelle Obama's efforts to shift the cultural lens on breastfeeding refreshing and much needed. Tax breaks for breast feeding supplies and more flexible work place rules on breast feeding are also practical approaches that can help mothers who want to breast feed do so more successfully.

But, on the other hand (I think I may have run out of hands), there's this: "Sarah Palin takes breastfeeding dig at Michelle Obama during Long Island appearance" Seriously?

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