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Criminalizing Comfort

I’ve heard a lot of buzz around the internet about how Michelle Obama is pushing her liberal  breastfeeding agenda on the poor helpless women of America. Apparently it was some kind of vast left-wing conspiracy just because she made some fairly mundane remarks about breastfeeding the same week the IRS finally made up its mind that if penis pumps could be considered tax-exempt, it was only fair that breast pumps be fair game as well. I’m actually rather conservative and I find the whole thing silly.

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Dear Tide… What Are You Doing?

After seeing Tide’s latest line of television commercials, I am beginning to believe Tide hates families.

First, you have this one, where the mom lies to her daughter about stealing her shirt and staining it:

And don ‘t forget the one with the whiny teen who doesn’t get her $100 jeans:

Then you have Daddy not only lying to Mama, but getting the kids involved in the deception as well:

And now the “short skirt” commercial, that is just full of disrespect all around:

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YMCA: What do you have against breastfeeding?

Do a simple search on Google and you can find multiple incidents of YMCAs across the nation discriminating against breastfeeding women. It’s absolutely ridiculous, and it’s time they stopped. Their justification for this discrimination usually takes one of two tacts– either they claim it violates their “no eating in the *insert area here* rule,” or they claim that it violates their dress code because the mother is showing her midriff. Nonsense. Sometimes it’s prompted by a complaint by another member, to which I say, too bad. If you don’t want to see someone breastfeeding in public, don’t watch. We nursing mothers would actually probably prefer not to be stared at by complete strangers. But more often than not, it’s an uneducated employee who presumes to speak for the masses and the innocent children by claiming “no one wants to see that.”

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Babywearing safely

You may have noticed the recent backlash against babywearing and baby carriers in the news.  As they’ve also done with the so-called dangers of co-sleeping, the media has taken a few facts, shaken them up with a lot of hysteria and myths, and come out with a sweeping indictment about a practice which has been done safely for centuries.

Babies have an innate and natural need to be as close as possible to their parents. This is nature. It’s biology. It’s a fact that hospitals have long recognized, encouraging mothers of premature infants to have skin-to-skin contact with them as soon as possible. It’s a fact mothers have long recognized, not because of any study or book, but simply because nature compels them to hold their babies close.