September 22, 2005
I READ WITH weary recognition Christine Flowers' diatribe against public breast-feeding. Think of all the other topics to which your paper could have dedicated column space: the rising cost of health care, the looming energy crisis, even an essay on whether "Everybody Loves Raymond" truly deserved to beat out "Desperate Housewives" for the best comedy Emmy would have been more meaningful. I'm sorry for the woman if she gets unnerved at "the sight of bared breasts, even when a child is attached to one of them.
December 24, 1994
Even if all your Christmas chores aren't done yet, the magic of the season is here - as millions observe this holiest night in prayer or in fellowship with friends and family. This year, add global celebration to your personal rejoicing. The good news comes from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in its 1995 State of the World's Children report. It has been assembled annually since the 1990 World Summit for Children set ambitious goals for improving the health, nutrition and education of children in developing nations by the year 2000.
March 10, 1993 |
TALLAHASSEE BREAST-FEEDING IS NOW OFFICIAL Florida has become the first state to guarantee the right to breast-feed in public. "It's not a shameful act that ought to be hidden behind closed doors," Gov. Lawton Chiles said at a bill-signing ceremony yesterday. "It's a time of bonding and nurturing between a mother and her baby. We know breast-feeding ought to be encouraged. " The bill states that a woman who nurses in public cannot be charged under any Florida obscenity, lewdness or nudity laws.
July 28, 2002 |
Beginning in August, the following Kennedy Health System support groups will change locations from 30 E. Laurel Rd. in Stratford to 1099 White Horse Rd. in Voorhees: "Adjust to Later Life Changes," from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of the month, and the Diabetes Support Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. Also beginning in August, the following support groups will change location from 30 E. Laurel Rd. in Stratford to New Seasons Assisted Living, Laurel Oak Road in Voorhees: Parkinson's Disease Support Group and Parkinson's Caregivers Support Group, 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month; and the Chronic Pain Support Group, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Friday of the month.
September 16, 1991 |
A federal panel trying to reduce infant deaths in the United States is being sharply criticized for accepting a grant from Nestle, the Swiss-based foods company blamed by some church and activist groups for contributing to the infant mortality rate in other nations. Critics say the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality, led by Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, has compromised itself by accepting a $100,000 grant from the U.S. subsidiary of Nestle. They contend that the company promotes bottle-feeding over breast-feeding in Third World nations, often with tragic consequences.
December 9, 1997
Three cheers from women for breast-feeding In your article about breast-feeding in the Health & Science section (Inquirer, Dec. 8), I was surprised that you omitted the voices of nursing mothers themselves. I have three children (4, 3 and 8 months) and have enormously enjoyed the opportunity to breast-feed them while continuing successfully in my job. There's an adage that says that when someone has a bad experience she tells 10 people, but when she has a good experience she tells only one. Perhaps your reporter heard only the negatives, so here's a positive spin.
October 3, 2013 |
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?"
June 20, 1999 |
It's 4 a.m. and Alice's eyes are open. Through the darkness of our room I can see the shine of them, blinking with innocent mischief: "You weren't sleeping now, were you, Daddy?" At 2 months old, this daughter of mine is not such a genius that she speaks. But through the haze of sleep deprivation that new parenthood can bring, I've been hearing more than my share of voices. Right now, with my wife catching a rare moment of rest, I'm trying to remember the Baby Care Basics class we took.
June 16, 1999 |
Sharon Brody has only a fuzzy memory of the hours following her son's birth last winter. She recalls being given lots of codeine and other narcotics to ease the pain of 14 hours of labor. It's all a cloud after that. Sometime during her dazed trance, she said, various hospital staffers came into her room with child-rearing tips. None of it registered. Brody was quickly sent home and soon found herself alone with a newborn in an empty Lower Makefield house. Her husband was working all the time, and her mother had to return to Pittsburgh after visiting for a week.