The news had not been posted for two hours before the brouhaha began on Facebook. Yesterday, myself and two of my comrades in the movement to shift breastfeeding culture in the black community, officially announced August 25-31st—the last week of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month—as Black Breastfeeding Week. About two weeks ago, I wrote a piece [...]
Nationally Recognized Advocates Launch First Annual Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25-31, 2013 NEW YORK— August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and a group of nationally recognized breastfeeding advocates have declared August 25- 31, 2013 as Black Breastfeeding Week, marking the inaugural celebration of black life with a community forum in Detroit, a live interactive webinar via [...]
“Poppin Bottles” Video
(No, It’s Not What You Think)
There comes a time in every new parents life where they realize their life will never be the same! Check out this hilarious Youtube video, “Poppin Bottles” and enjoy the new way to celebrate parenthood…it’s a party like no other! Trust us, you will be up all night:-)
Special thanks to Ron “R.S.” Stephenson and his cute little co-star for sending us this video!
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As National Breastfeeding Month is coming to a conclusion, our Kimberly Seals Allers encourages moms and dads to discuss the lighter and funny side of breastfeeding. We’re proud to work with the creators of a new, humorous webisode, Double Leche , for our first #BreastfeedingGotJokes social media campaign. Watch the hilarious Double Leche Trailer on Youtube and join in on the conversation all day today on Twitter and Facebook beginning at noon! Tell @iamKSealsAllers and @Double_Leche your funny #breastfeeding stories using the hashtags #Breastfeedingisfunny, #BreastfeedingGotJokes and #bfisfunny. Looking forward to hearing from you!
#Breastfeedingisfunny: Why Breastfeeding Makes Me Laugh
by Stephanie Faith Scott and Jennifer Weedon
When I became a mom, I couldn’t believe all of the discussion around nursing. I had always anticipated a natural, simple, universal experience, the way humans had fed their young since the beginning of time. Yet, it made some people uncomfortable (myself sometimes included). The momosphere was humming with blogs on the mommy nursing wars.
Double Leche is the brainchild of me, Jennifer Weedon, and J. Sibley Law. We were all involved in the film business prior to becoming parents. We spoke about how the three of us all had one thing in common. After the birth of our children changed our lives, we found it more important than ever to keep our senses of humor. Parenting is the toughest job we will ever have and the one with the most impact! In order to keep one’s sanity in the midst of the hard work and discipline it takes to be a good parent, we must keep laughing. Double Leche is our attempt at that.
Double Leche is an official selection in the comedy category for the 8th Annual Independent Television and Film Festival, taking place September 26th - September 28th, 2013. For more information, go to www.itvfest.com. You can also watch the Double Leche trailer.
Why Breastfeeding Makes Me Laugh
2) Dad, father-in-law, step-dad, grandpa…..yeah, you get the picture. Having to nurse in the presence of these dad types can be quite uncomfortable, especially if you have nowhere to excuse yourself. Like that first time they visit you in the hospital after your birth. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and way too exhausted to think yourself out of that one while holding your newborn.
4) There is always a husband or significant other out there who wants to taste the breast milk. Please just humor him. Then take him to get some Breast Milk Ice Cream.
5) Breastfeeding causes jealousy. I laugh at how different we all are and the incredible pressures we put on ourselves to be perfect mothers. You may have it all planned out during your pregnancy exactly how your breastfeeding experience will go, and read tons of breastfeeding books. However, for some of us, the reality of it is not as simple as the books say. Life is unpredictable, and sometimes things can get in the way of your plans. We’re not always prepared for the unexpected.
Bios of the “Double Leche” team:
Jennifer Weedon Palazzo is a mom and SAG-AFTRA actress who has appeared in films The Height of the Sky, A Beautiful Mind, commercials for Coca-Cola and Old Spice, and theater Under Milk Wood. Jennifer blogs for ParentSavers.com and DigitalChickTV.com. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, actor and pianist Evan Palazzo of The Hot Sardines, and their son. She is the producer/writer of the web series, Double Leche andSlummy Mummy. Visit www.jenniferweedon.com or follow her on Twitter: @Slummy_Mummy
Stephanie Faith Scott is an actress, producer, grants administrator extraordinaire, and mother. She is the star and creator of the web series, The Retributioners, and was one of the very early creators of web programming starting in 2007. She also co-produced the short film That’s What She Told Me, which was an official selection in several film festivals. As an actress, she been in such films as The Video Guys, S&M Queen for a Day, and Plus. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two-year old son. You can follow her on Twitter at @retributioners.
Valisa Tate was born in Kalamazoo, MI where she studied the arts and excelled in sports. While attending Michigan State University, she earned a B.A. in Advertising and began modeling. She continued her studies with an emphasis in Art Direction and Graphic Design at Portfolio Center in Atlanta. Shortly after graduating,Valisa moved to New York City towork as an Art Director. After a long spell of creating ads, she decided she wanted to be in them. She broadened her career and currently works as an Art Director, Model, Actress and Stunt Woman… a quadruple threat of sorts. Valisalives in Brooklyn with her husband and is the mother of two girls which is the hardest job of all. To learn more about Valisa, visit: www.valisatate.com or www.valisatatedesign.com/.
J. Sibley Law, Founder and CEO of Saxon Mills, is the creator of a twenty online television series ranging from cooking shows to animation series to political spoofs to comedy series. One of the first YouTube Partners (ever), he is extraordinarily prolific in both his creative and business ventures. An Official Honoree of the Webby Awards, he regularly creates commercials for broadcast. Additionally, he co-founded the NYC Web Series Writers Group for the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV). He is a co-founder of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (CT) and was its executive producer from 2005-2010. Follow J. Sibley on Twitter at @moonbath.
Breastfeeding on Drugs: Taking care of your health doesn’t mean you have to stop breastfeeding By Kate Rope Two months after my first daughter was born, I developed debilitating inflammation around my heart. I had suffered from it during pregnancy and now it was back. I called my rheumatologist in a panic to ask [...]
#TastyTuesdays: Jungle Gems Snack Mix! It’s that time of year again…it’s a few weeks until back to school! We’ve got the perfect snack mix recipe your kids will love and it’s not filled with sugar. The Jungle Gems Snack Mix is a unique alternative to trail mix and takes just five minutes to prepare! [...]
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Venezuela Promotes Breastfeeding Over Baby Food,
Corporate Media Spins Out of Control
Venezuela’s national assembly is debating a reform to its breastfeeding law, which could see baby food companies like Nestle fined in certain situations. The corporate media have reacted hysterically to the law, claiming that President Nicolas Maduro is “taking bottles from babies’ mouths”.
Though breastfeeding is widely promoted by the Venezuelan government, and public breastfeeding is relatively de-stigmatized, a study by Venezuela’s National Nutrition Institute (INN) between 2006 and 2008 showed that only 55% of mothers exclusively breastfed when their baby was born, going down to 20% when their baby was three months old, and 11% by six months.
The percentages have probably increased since then, with broad educational campaigns in public schools and health centers, and actions such as mass public breastfeeding in plazas, organized by the INN.
However, the low figures reflect the low confidence some mothers have in their ability to breastfeed, as well as the power of multinational infant formula companies in health centers. It is common practice to give infant formula to babies from the moment they are born, without the consent of parents, according to LactArte, a pro-breastfeeding collective in Venezuela. Companies give gifts and other promotions to health workers and health centers in order to create alliances with them, and give free samples of the products to new mothers, thereby creating dependent consumers of new born babies, or at least discouraging exclusive breast feeding.
What the law actually says
In 2007 Venezuela’s national assembly passed the Law of Protection, Promotion, and Support for Breastfeeding. The law regulates the way baby formula and baby food companies advertise and label their products, and how they interact with hospitals and clinics. However, the companies have been ignoring the law, as it doesn’t specify penalties. The reform to the law currently being discussed is looking at penalties of US $600 – $50,000, and also training for health professionals. Once the reform is passed in first discussion by the assembly, it will be subject to “street parliament” – discussion by collectives and Venezuelan citizens, to then be passed by the national assembly in second discussion.
The 2007 law argues that breastfeeding provides babies with “all the necessary nutrients” in their first six months, as well as “protecting them and immunizing them from illness and contributing to the development of their breathing and gastrointestinal capacity”. It states “mothers have the right to breastfeed their children, with the support and collaboration of the fathers… [who] should provide all the support necessary so that mothers can provide this human right… The state, with participation from organized communities, will promote, protect, and support exclusive breastfeeding…of children under six months of age and breastfeeding with complementary food … until the age of two”.
Concretely under the law, health workers and health centers must help mothers start breastfeeding within the first half hour of birth, and guarantee that the newborn is always near the mother after birth, except in exceptional medical situations. They should also educate mothers, fathers, and the family on the issue, and abstain from providing babies under the age of 6 months with food other than breast milk, except when there is a specific medical need. Health centers must create human milk “banks.”
Breastfeeding rights in Venezuela
Last year, with the passing of the new labor law, women’s breastfeeding rights were further expanded. Post-natal leave was extended to six months, and articles 344-352 state that mothers have the right to two half hour breaks per day to breastfeed. If there is no breastfeeding room provided by the work place, that is extended to two 90-minute breaks, and all employers of more than 20 workers must maintain a nursery center with a breastfeeding area.
Special thanks to Tamara Pearson of Venezuelanalysis for providing us with this information.
World Breastfeeding Month Product Giveaways!
In Honor of World Breastfeeding Month (August 2013), the following companies are giving away free products for today only (July 30, 2013). Shipping and processing not included.
Free Nursing Covers
Free Baby Carriers
Free Nursing Pillows
**Use the promo code: WTE at all (3) websites TODAY!
Special thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for bringing the giveaways to our attention.
There are some great items on the site! Enjoy!
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