October 16, 2007
CHRISTINE Flowers (op-ed, "Milking the System," Oct. 12) has a legitimate argument that a nursing mother was awarded an overly generous accommodation on a medical licensing exam. But her comment should have been limited to just "some practitioners" when she said that the decision regarding breast-feeding gives "us an idea of the fanaticism of its practitioners. " I have no doubt that her comment reflects disapproval of breast-feeding in public. She is obviously offended by the exposed breasts, but a trip to the supermarket reveals an awful lot of cleavage on display - often, a lot more flesh is exposed there than by a nursing mother.
December 16, 1990 |
I've been breast-feeding my baby for three months and would like to continue after returning to work in February. However, I'm quite nervous about simultaneously being an office manager and a nursing mother. I know it's possible to pump milk and store it, but what if my baby won't take a bottle, what if I start leaking in the middle of a business meeting, or what if my milk dries up? Twenty years ago, breast-feeding and working outside the home were mutually exclusive. Not so today, when nursing mothers can pump their milk in privacy and store it in insulated carriers, or nurse their babies at on-site day-care centers.
September 5, 2014 |
Despite the well-established health benefits of breast-feeding for children, Philadelphia remains a laggard in its practice. Only 29 percent of the city's mothers are still breast-feeding six months after childbirth, according to Esther Chung, professor of pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College. That is the lowest rate among the nation's 10 largest cities, and 11 percentage points below the national average. Wednesday, the city government took a small step to rectify those figures by mandating that employers provide breast-feeding employees a private, sanitary space and the necessary time to express breast milk.
June 8, 2011 |
Blame the hippo. Had Genny, the 3,000-pound queen of the Adventure Aquarium, not glided up to the edge of her glass tank as Lynn Heinisch breast-fed her son below, Lynn's husband, Lou, would never have taken a photo his bride uploaded to Facebook. Though Aquarium biologists insist it's just coincidence, the hippo, a species that nurses underwater, appears to be watching Heinisch and smiling approvingly. Facebook, born of the primal urge to rate college girls "hot or not," took the opposite stance.
September 23, 2005
I AM A 60-year-old father of two and grandfather of six (soon to be seven). Comparing the right to breast-feed in public to smoking or urinating in public, as op-ed writer Christine Flowers did, is obscene. Smoking or urinating in public poses a significant health hazard - breast-feeding poses significant health benefits for the infant and, if recent research can be believed, for the mother, too. Should the mother have asked you if you minded? Probably, but to relegate breast-feeding to public restrooms (which are largely very unsanitary places)
June 22, 2005
AFTER READING Michelle Malkin's June 20 op-ed ("Breast-feeding snobs of 'The View' "), I was forced to change my opinion that I could never agree with her. And Ms. Malkin may have missed an opportunity to explain why the co-hosts of "The View" look on breast-feeding in such a negative way. Could it be that a company with some connection to a formula or baby-food manufacturer sponsors the show? Surely Ms. Malkin, of all people, can understand that in the current political climate, corporate money does the talking and shapes "the views" - and not only on insipid TV shows.
December 8, 1997 |
In developing countries, children are breast-fed for two, three, even four years. In this country, only one-fifth of women nurse their babies for as long as six months - and many supplement their breast milk with baby formula. No wonder, then, that new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics urging women to breast-feed for at least a year have made national headlines and set off debate. Breast-feeding in the United States is only partly a matter of nourishing babies.
December 7, 1997 |
After the birth of my first child, feeling as clumsy and incompetent as any new parent, I joined an organization that provided at-home advice for nursing mothers. For something so natural, breast-feeding seemed awfully mysterious, and so I welcomed hearing from the nursing counselor who called my home every few days. My husband had another take on our caller. "It's the nipple lady!" he'd announce. Well, I knew what was on his mind. Sure, he encouraged nursing an infant for the health and emotional benefits, and he didn't object to being relieved of middle-of-the-night feedings.
April 20, 2012 |
"I love the closeness," says Kelly Preston of the joy and love she feels when breast-feeding her "miracle baby," as she calls 16-month-old son Benjamin Hunter Kaleo, whom she delivered Nov. 23, 2010 at age 48. The bond forged through breast-feeding will be hard to sever, not just for the child, John Travolta's wife tells People mag. "When I stop, it's going to be really hard on me. I love nursing so much. " Kelly, who'll turn 50 in October, and John keep Ben close: He shares their bed, says Preston, who nurses him up to five times during the day and twice during the night.
October 4, 1991 |
The number of women who breast-feed their babies has declined dramatically in the United States, dropping 16 percent in the last decade, a new national study has found. In 1989, it found, just over half of all of America's infants - 52 percent - received some breast milk, compared with 62 percent during the country's most recent breast-feeding peak in 1982. The downward trend, reported in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics, occurred among all groups of new mothers but was particularly evident among those who were black, young or poor.