Brelfies for the greater good

Facebook needs your breastfeeding selfies — a.k.a brelfies “Lots of women are super stressed out about feeding their babies in public. So think of this brelfie trend as any other public awareness campaign,” writes Kristen Thompson Original article for Metro, published Aug. 15, 2016. Read online here   I have this secret stash of selfies on my laptop that I wish I could post online except they show too much nipple. Or more nipple than I’m used to showing off…

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Weird, wonderful, or none of your business?

‘Too old to breastfeed’ is just more unfair judgment of mothers Public stares and unwanted advice are just byproducts of our obsession with judging moms on how they raise their kids Original article published for Metro on Aug. 12, 2016. Read online here So, it turns out there’s a large faction of people out there who are pretty grossed out by the idea of breastfeeding children. Not babies, and not eight year olds, but toddlers and preschoolers. Opinions range from:…

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The power of men to support women

Trudeaus’ breastfeeding tweet an ‘amazing’ show of support for moms Women usually lead the fight on women’s issues, so it’s a nice change to have a powerful man take up the cause. Original article published by Metro News on Aug 09 2016. It can be read online here.   Our prime minister did something really cool this week, and I’m not talking about shirtless photobombs. He tweeted a beautiful photograph of his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudueau nursing their youngest son, Hadrien.…

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Breastfeeding is not gross

We need to end breastfeeding shaming – starting with women – Original post on here –   I can’t believe I’m actually writing this column because this has been said so many times. But, given the recent breastfeeding-shaming incidents at a Winnipeg mall and on a United Airlines flight, I guess it needs to be said again: Breastfeeding is not gross. It’s natural, it’s important and it’s really difficult. So it’s shocking to me that mothers are being shamed…

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Weaning woes

The bittersweet end to breastfeeding I remember the first time I put my fresh-from-the-womb newborn on my breast. I was trying to gently coerce my nipple into her tiny mewing mouth and the nurse who was helping me remarked, “Someone’s done this before!” And I laughed because I really didn’t know what I was doing. But maybe, I thought, it’s just like everyone had promised: maybe once baby arrived, these sorts of things really did come naturally. But it didn’t…

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