Breastfeeding 101: Breastfeeding is not sexual

Women should be comfortable to breastfeed their babies anywhere they want to be. Period. This means that people should be polite. Read: not creepy!

On Oct. 27, Jamie Gustafson caught an employee of a restaurant taking pictures of her breastfeeding her two-month-old son while she was in Jason’s Deli in San Antonio, Texas. It is not clear why the employee took the pictures, but she did not give him permission to do so. Continue reading

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Breastfeeding alfresco: not in my backyard

It seems like every week or so there is another story of a woman being given a hard time for breastfeeding in public. Last week, it was a woman breastfeeding at an IHOP in Chesapeake. But the incident a few days ago in Texas takes the cake.

Erin Peña says she was kicked out of her OB/GYN office for breastfeeding her four-month-old baby in the waiting area of University Medical Center (UMC). Read that again – kicked out of her doctor’s office! Continue reading

Going back

On Sunday, I finally got my act together to go back to B.A.B.Y. Program. Led by an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), Irene, this support group for nursing mothers meets three times per week at Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael’s Campus. (Learn more about my experience at this program.)

As a working mom, I find my weekends easily become packed with things to do, people to see, homework (I’m currently taking a course at Quinnipiac University), and making sure we have some quality time as a family. This makes it very hard to commit to anything on a regular basis. For months I had been meaning to go back to group.

B.A.B.Y. Program was where I first really believed that we might be able to find success with breastfeeding. Continue reading