Breastfeeding news...then. Exactly 100 years ago, here is what poor nursing mothers had to face. [Click image if you'd like to take a closer look.]Copy photograph of a sweatshop poster showing a woman breastfeeding a baby while sewing a garment on a sewing machine. The text reads Sacred Motherhood, and the initial letter is in… Continue reading Breastfeeding news: then and now
This morning while taking my run I was listening to "Natty Dread" by Bob Marley and it got me thinking about my stance on breastfeeding in public. Bob can have a transforming effect on people, you know, especially when he chants lines like, "Don't care what the world say. I'n'I couldn't never go astray." Then… Continue reading My Father’s Day Awakening
In yesterday's My Turn column on Newsweek.com, Laura Cook-Crotty wrote about her inability to breastfeed as well as her staunch perspective about feeling no mother guilt because she opted to bottle-feed her daughter. The title of Crotty's essay is "Formula is Fine: Don't give me grief about bottle-feeding my daughter. Breast-feeding isn't for everyone." I… Continue reading So much for freedom of speech
Like it or not, as is customary with all "isms" in the world, a wide range of diverse viewpoints and highly controversial perspectives are inherently active and present in lactivism. While I author a blog about breastfeeding, I've never considered myself a lactivist, just like I don't consider myself a feminist, or any other "ist"… Continue reading When modesty threatens the cause
Leah, a Chicago mom and reader, commented yesterday that she regularly runs into black moms who either breastfeed or who have breastfed in the past in her south side neighborhood. I'm glad she brought this observation to my attention because it forced me to look at black breastfeeding rates with an entirely new eye.Most often… Continue reading Black Breastfeeding and Class
Lordy, I'm finally back after my week-long Blogger-imposed hiatus. I am immensely grateful that they didn't leave me hanging over the weekend because my blog absence was making me a bit antsy. I really enjoy the dialogue with everyone, even those whose opinions differ from mine.You'll find that although I wasn't able to post this… Continue reading I’m Back!!
I have no clue why I'm constantly amazed by the low breastfeeding rates in Africa. I guess I'm still holding on to some ideal, stereotypical notion that all things in Mother Africa are still pristine and natural. The truth is, impoverished nations are severely and relentlessly assaulted by formula companies just like here at home.Ghana… Continue reading Two Continents, Exact Message, Same Results
...you check your blog stats and discover you've been visited by racists. When you click the referred link you find they've been discussing your blog (poor grammar, bad spelling and horrendous punctuation and all) on a white supremacist discussion board.When I boil their ire, I know I'm doing something right.
I was an unusually observant child. I noticed minute details in life that either got me in trouble, like when I repeated in public private conversations my parents had about relatives in front of my brothers and me, or qualified me as a little whiz kid, like the time I made a perfect score on… Continue reading On How I Learned to Wean from My Cat
Thomas Chatterton Williams knows how to use big words, shape them into coherent, impressive sentences and accomplish getting a byline in the Washington Post. But adding substance to the conversation of hip-hop and its damaging effects on the black community is what he really needs to work on.In the Post's Monday, May 28th article, Black… Continue reading Hip-Hop Isn’t the Root Of All Blackness. So What Else is New?