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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.
NEWS
December 16, 1990 | By Shelly Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 8, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
  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.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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.
LIVING
December 8, 1997 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 7, 1997 | By Jane R. Eisner, Editor of the Editorial Page
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.
NEWS
April 20, 2012 | Tirdad Derakhshani
"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.
NEWS
October 4, 1991 | By Fawn Vrazo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 9, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
In response to requests from traveling mothers, Philadelphia International Airport and Minute Suites, a micro-hotel inside security and near the airline gates, are making private rooms available to mothers to breast-feed or pump breast milk between flights. Minute Suites opened at the airport in spring 2011 between Terminal A and Concourse B, with 13 private rooms for passengers to nap, relax, or work. The rooms, seven feet by eight feet, will be free to nursing mothers for the first 30 minutes, and cost $14 for an additional half-hour.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wilde is a mom It's a good thing to love your baby. Olivia Wilde does and she's not afraid to show it: The Rush star is featured in a Glamour mag photo shoot breast-feeding five-month-old son Otis . "Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn't complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that," Wilde tells the mag. "Breast-feeding is the most natural thing. . . . now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
If you're a parent-to-be interested in going "back to basics" - breast-feeding, intervention-free childbirth, cloth diapering and baby-wearing - it would seem that the world is your Pack 'N Play, or at least your preschool: At Mama's Wellness Joint in Center City, there's infant massage, baby sign language, or yoga-puncture. For parents interested in cloth diapering and baby-wearing techniques, free classes are offered at the Nesting House in Mount Airy. And at Ali's Wagon in Fairmount, the cornucopia of learning includes Foods for Fertility, Craniosacral Therapy for Healthy Kids, and Attachment Parenting: How to Make it Work for You. Bubbies and nanas may dismiss such a state of affairs ("Who knew from parenting styles?"
NEWS
September 27, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Allegra Avila likes to spend time in Doylestown's coffee shops and library with her 20-month-old daughter, Ora, but she feels anxious when it's time to breast-feed. "Feeding in public is not an easy thing to do," the young mother says. "It's uncomfortable, wondering what people are thinking about you. " Now, thanks to a measure passed by the Borough Council, "I can nurse when the baby is hungry," Avila said Tuesday. "I will be able to relax. " The council voted, 6-3, Monday to amend its antidiscrimination law to protect a woman's right to breast-feed in public.
NEWS
September 25, 2012
The Doylestown Borough Council passed a measure Monday that protects women's right to breast-feed in public. Under the amendment to the borough's antidiscrimination law, women can file a complaint when they are asked to leave a shop or restaurant or to use a restroom to breast-feed. Doylestown is the second municipality in the state with such a law, borough officials said. Philadelphia was the first. Pennsylvania has a Freedom to Breastfeed Act, but there's no remedy, "nothing to protect a woman's civil rights," Councilwoman Marlene Pray said before the 6-3 vote.
NEWS
September 25, 2012
Doylestown Borough Council passed a measure Monday that protects women's right to breast-feed in public. Under the amendment to the borough's antidiscrimination law, women can file a complaint when they are asked to leave a shop or restaurant or to go to the bathroom to breast-feed. Doylestown is the second municipality in the state with such a law, borough officials said. Philadelphia was the first. Pennsylvania has a Freedom to Breastfeed Act, but there's no remedy, "nothing to protect a woman's civil rights," Councilwoman Marlene Pray said before the 6-3 vote.
NEWS
April 20, 2012 | Tirdad Derakhshani
"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.
NEWS
January 30, 2012 | By Kevin Begos, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - Picture a boxy old delivery truck with a huge pink breast on top. The nipple is a flashing red light. It's the Milk Truck, spreading the message that nursing mothers have the need and right to feed their infants in public. Jill Miller, an artist and mother, said she got the idea after the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh asked her to do a project of her choice last year. "I really wanted to make a piece that appealed to the wider community here, not just to the art audience," she said.
NEWS
June 27, 2011 | By Mitchell Hecht, For The Inquirer
Question: I am an 84-year-old widow in pretty good health. I'd like to remain in my home for the rest of my life, unlike many of my friends who have already moved into assisted-living facilities. My two children live out of state and I'm not sure what my options are for the future. How does someone my age find out about resources to help as I get older and need more aid? How do I know who is trustworthy? Answer: An impressive statistic that makes your question timely is that there are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day. If you want to remain in your home for life, you need to rest assured that all home-care needs will be met over the years - especially if you have no spouse or children to provide ongoing care.
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