Breast Feeding

Menstuff® has compiled the following information on breast feeding, especially in public. It wasn't that long ago that men had to wear one-piece bathing suits to cover their breasts. Many countries around the world aren't afraid that their children will turn into perverts if they see a woman's breast. Yet, in the United States, there are very few nude beaches, and, in some states, a mother can be jailed for breast feeding in public, or removed from an airline before takeoff. It's often called public indecency. There are only 15 states that have laws exempting breast-feeding from public indeceny laws. 31 to pass a law that allows mothers to breast-feed in any public or private location, and 38 that have enacted some type of breast-feeding legislation. Looking at this from the other angle, 35 states have laws making public breast-feeding illegal under indeceny laws, 19 that don't allow a women to breast-feed in a public or private location, and 12 that have enacted no breast-feeding legislation.

Except in some states and with some airlines. - Editor

I don't know what you think about the sanitary conditions of public rest rooms, but that's about the only safe place in some states to hide the breast feeding activity from the prudes. Is that where you would want your child to be nurished? I wonder how many American children will become perverts because they saw Janet Jackson's nipple on television? I would say none. However, the fear of a child seeing a nipple will, I'm sure, produce a number of perverts. The Morality Police (otherwise known as the Prude Police) are dictating way too much public policy. It's time for that to change.Related article: Porn is a Conservatives' Thing

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Indecent Exposure?

New laws seek to protect breast-feeding in public.

A few weeks ago, the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal visited a public park in New York—and breast-fed her 8-month-old daughter, Ramona. Kudos, right? After all, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that moms nurse for at least a year. Nope. posted a picture of a partially exposed breast and called it a "momtroversy." The photo is now on a "nude" Web site.

What gives? Even formula makers say "breast is best." Nursing reduces a baby's risk of diarrhea, ear infections, urinary-tract infections and bacterial infections (and perhaps food allergies, obesity and diabetes). It also lowers a mom's risk of breast and ovarian cancer—and, since it burns 500 calories a day, helps her lose weight. And it's free, while formula costs about $1,500 a year. Yet new evidence shows that there has been a decline in the number of women breast-feeding, reversing a steady increase over the past three decades. "The culture does very little to support mothers in what they need—information, maternity leave, places to nurse," says Bernice Hausman, author of "Mother's Milk."

A quarter century ago, one in four new moms tried breast-feeding, and only one in 20 stuck with it for a year. By 2002, almost three in four started breast-feeding in the hospital. But last year, the number had dropped to 64 percent, according to a long-running Mothers Survey by formula maker Abbott. At six months, the percentage of women who were still nursing was only 30 percent; at one year, it was only 19 percent. "Our real problem is duration," says pediatrician Ruth Lawrence, chair of the AAP's breast-feeding committee. The longer a woman nurses, the greater the benefits to her and her baby.

Much of the problem seems to be that Americans associate breasts with sex, not milk, and as a result, feel squeamish about public nursing. (While two out of three Americans think breast-feeding is the best way to feed a baby, a quarter say they feel uncomfortable seeing women do it.) In a study for the U.S. government, 48 percent of women said they would feel uncomfortable nursing their own babies in a park, store or mall. "We define breast-feeding as good, and we define breast-feeding as disgusting. We have this split personality about it," says Jacqueline Wolf, associate professor of the history of medicine at Ohio University. Even MySpace has recently removed photographs of mothers nursing their babies.

Out of concern that not enough women are breast-feeding, a growing number of states are passing protective laws and policies. Today 38 states give women the explicit right to nurse in public, and 23 states exempt it from public-indecency laws. Twelve states have laws addressing women's right to use a pump to express milk at work. And the governors of New Mexico and Oregon recently signed similar legislation, which gives moms (unpaid) lactation breaks and a clean and private area to pump (not just a bathroom stall). Federal legislation may be on the way. In May, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney re-introduced her Breastfeeding Promotion Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breast-feeding and to provide a tax incentive to businesses that establish lactation areas.

In a recent survey, the International Formula Council asked moms with kids under 12 months why they would not breast-feed. Most cited medical reasons, followed by going back to work, problems with the baby's latching on and concerns about the baby's not getting enough food. The AAP's Lawrence believes breast-feeding is all about confidence.

Part of the confidence comes from feeling comfortable to nurse. A woman's right to breast-feed—and a baby's right to the best nutrients—"shouldn't be abridged because some people are squeamish about what they're seeing," says Chris Musser, who started a blog called The Reluctant Lactivist after a grocery-store manager told her to cover up while she was feeding her then 2-month-old son, Luc. After all, "into the 18th century, women who breast-fed were painted," says pediatrician Naomi Baumslag, author of "Milk, Money and Madness." "They were considered beautiful." Maybe Maggie Gyllenhaal should head back to that park.

Breast-Feeding Tied to Healthier Arteries

July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young women who breast-feed may have healthier-looking arteries years later, compared with those who bottle-feed their babies, a new study finds. It has long been reported that breast-feeding is the healthiest option for...

Breast-Feeding May Have Dental Benefits for Kids

June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The more babies breast-feed, the less likely it is that they will develop any kind of misalignment in their teeth later on, a new study shows. But pacifiers can negate some of that potential benefit, even if the children are...

Breast-feeding May Lower Risk of Child Leukemia

June 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding -- even for a short time -- may lower a baby's later risk of childhood leukemia, a new study suggests. The researchers found that babies breast-fed for at least six months appear to have a 19 percent lower ...

Sharing Breast Milk May Pose Risks

April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women may be using shared breast milk from friends and family, but they don't always consider the risks involved with providing donor milk to their babies, a new survey shows. As many as one-third of women don't...

9 Breast-Milk Pumping Tips for New Moms

When you’re a mom who breastfeeds, there may be times you need to be away from your baby. That’s when a breast pump comes in handy! It lets you store milk your little one can drink later, and it signals your body to keep making milk. Never pumped before? These tips will make it easier. If you’re...

Breast-Fed Babies May Be Smarter, Richer Adults

March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-fed babies may be smarter, better educated and richer as adults, a new study by Brazilian researchers suggests. "Breast-feeding is associated with improved performance in intelligence tests at age 30 and also...

Changing From Breast to Bottle Feeding

Maybe your baby finally learned how to fall asleep on her own, so she doesn't need to nurse at bedtime anymore. Maybe she's less excited about breast milk since you've offered finger foods. Or maybe your plan to pump milk at work every day is tougher than you thought. There are many reasons why you...

Kate Hudson Breast Feeding in Public

While filming for “The Skeleton Key”, Kate Hudson offered people from the set a picturesque view of herself.

When not busy working, she was breastfeeding her firstborn, Ryder Russell Robinson, and chatting with the director. The actress confessed she found the experience quite funny.

She declared for Britain's OK! Magazine:

"It was funny when I was breastfeeding because every three hours I'd go to the trailer to breastfeed or pump.

It became a joke in the end; it was hard but it got to the point where I didn't want to go back to the trailer so I'd just bring the baby out and I'd sit and I'd talk to the director and just breastfeed him while chatting."

Breastfeeding Rates at Birth Up Sharply, CDC Reports

The percentage of women who breastfed their newborns increased by about two percentage points from 2008 to 2009, making it the largest one-year rise in a decade, according to a CDC report released on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times' "Booster Shots" reports.

Citizens Against Breast-Feeding

There are places in the world where breast-feeding a child in public is as unremarkable as a stroll in the park or chatting with a friend; where people aren't discomfited by the sight of a bared breast being employed for its natural purpose.

America is not one of those places.

Though opinion is virtually unanimous among health professionals that breast milk is healthier for children than bottled milk or formulas, studies show that the majority of American women do not breast-feed their babies after leaving the hospital, even in the privacy of their homes. Public breast-feeding is rarer still. Many Americans admit that the very idea of it makes them nervous.

Advocacy groups are trying to change all this by educating the public and pushing for clarification of state laws to protect women's right to breast-feed when and where they choose. Though no states prohibit breast-feeding per se, some have laws that could be construed as limiting that right. The La Leche League notes that oftentimes women are told to leave public places like malls and libraries on the grounds that breast-feeding is "indecent." This is not only a violation of their rights, says the League, it's an absurdity.

Enter a group called Citizens Against Breast-Feeding.

Self-proclaimed members of the organization were first sighted outside the Republican National Convention, handing out leaflets advocating a total ban on breast-feeding, public and private. Simultaneously, an email tract began circulating that laid out the "philosophy" behind it:

Republican Convention Must Ban Breastfeeding Now:
Over 200,000 American citizens have signed a petition urging Congress to declare breastfeeding unlawful. This primitive ritual has and continues to be a violation of babies' civil rights. It's an incestuous relationship with mothers leading to moral decay. Women enjoy an erotic experience that imposes oral gratification on innocent infants after birth. Their reprehensible behavior teaches children illicit sex, subsequently manifesting addiction to promiscuity. Repbulicans: choose a candidate who supports our cause!

Tess Hennessy, Founder-Director
Citizens Against Breast-Feeding
P.O. Box 55741
Phoenix, AZ 85078
New York Office: 212.330.7675

Some who encountered this message dismissed it instantly as unreal, while others dialed the number to find out more and, to their dismay, heard a recorded message not only affirming the existence of the group but soliciting workers. For all we know, a few people may have even applied.

"Thank you for calling Citizens Against Breast-Feeding, a grassroots organization that persuades women to abolish this incestuous act of immoral perversion. We are privately financed and therefore not seeking donations. However, you may wish to apply for a position with one of our field offices in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, now hiring. If so please leave your name, address and phone number after the beep." – Actual recorded phone message

But it was, in fact, a prank.

David Mikkelson, half of the husband-and-wife team that runs the ever-popular Urban Legends Reference Pages, smelled a hoax right off the bat and confirmed it quite easily by establishing that the phone number in the message is associated with Alan Abel, a notorious hoaxer who once headed up a campaign demanding that "all animals should wear clothing for the sake of decency."

Lampooning prudishness is one way of drawing attention to the issue (in a reverse-psychology sort of way), but certainly not the best way to effect real change. To anyone seriously interested in campaigning for breast-feeding rights and related issues or just learning more about them, I commend About's expert Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth, Robin Weiss . She's the real thing.

Take the poll : "Is there anything wrong with breast-feeding in public?" On 3/14/06, of 11,882 respondents, 32% said it shouldn't be allowed in public, 66% it should, and 1% couldn't decide.
Source: By David Emery,

Breast Feeding in Public: A Nursing Mom takes on Starbucks

It was late on a summer afternoon in a nearly-empty Starbucks in Silver Spring, MD. Lorig Charkoudian was quietly nursing her 15-month-old daughter, Aline, when the coffee shop's manager approached her and requested that she take her baby into the bathroom to breast feed.

The 31-year-old mom couldn't believe what she was hearing. "I thought it was disgusting to suggest I breast feed in the bathroom and my daughter is uncomfortable with a blanket over her head," she says. A month earlier, a customer had complained about another mom who was breast-feeding in the store, so the manager decided to pre-empt any complaints, says Charkoudian.

As it turned out, Charkoudian was exactly the wrong person to confront about nursing in public. She has a PhD in economics and works as a conflict resolution researcher and trainer. In her eyes, breast feeding - besides being the healthiest choice for her baby - is good for society. Among other things, breast-fed babies have a lower incidence of illness and disease, which, in the long run, saves society on health care costs.

The manager also didn't bargain for Charkoudian's response. When she discovered that Starbucks was in violation of Maryland state law - which allows women to breast-feed in public or private locations without restriction - Charkoudian immediately took the matter to the top.

"I am writing to make you aware that Starbucks' policy on breast-feeding in its coffee houses is against the law in Maryland," her two-page letter to Starbucks Regional Vice President Dean Torrenga began. In a dig at the national coffee chain - known for its public support of progressive causes and a corporate pioneer for offering health benefits to part-time employees - Charkoudian asked Starbucks to retrain employees and establish a "clear policy that women can breast-feed in its coffee houses without being limited, restricted or asked to hide."

Big brothers and sisters joined the "nurse-in" with signs and dolls to help drive the point home.

When she didn't receive a response within two-weeks, Charkoudian got mad. "To go into the bathroom implies this is shameful or should be hidden," she says. Then Charkoudian got organized.

She spoke with other moms, went online to complain to parent listservs and within a few days organized a "nurse-in" back at the coffee house. About 30 women who had never met Charkoudian but were fed up with negative attitudes about breast feeding gathered at the store last August. Outside, about twice as many supporters - husbands, mothers-in-law, uncles, older children - held signs saying "could you drink your latte in the bathroom?"

"The more difficult it is to breast-feed, the fewer the women who'll do it," says Charkoudian, and a 2002 study by the Centers for Disease Control backs her up. The study, published in the Journal of Human Lactation, found that 30 percent of adults thought babies should be fed solids by three months and women should not still be breast-feeding their babies at their first birthday - contradicting advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In 1998, 45 percent of African American mothers breastfed in the early postpartum period, compared to 66 percent of Hispanic mothers and 68 percent of white mothers, according to a 2000 study by the office of the U.S. Surgeon General.

"Even with new developments in formula, it cannot match breast-milk. It's the ideal food for babies," says Ruowei Li, an epidemiologist with the CDC who says Charkoudian's negative experience at Starbucks isn't uncommon. "The public really needs to be educated. Breast feeding is beneficial not only for babies, but mothers and the entire population. Breast-fed babies have lower incidence of ear infections, less diarrhea, less respiratory infections. It saves society money - not having sick babies."

Starbucks did respond eventually. In a letter to Charkoudian, the regional vice president says the company will comply with Maryland law and instruct its employees accordingly. Starbucks Media director Audrey Lincoff says "breast-feeding mothers are welcome in our stores."

But that hasn't satisfied Charkoudian. She has created a website to encourage Starbucks to enact a national policy encouraging breast-feeding moms to nurse babies in its stores. On the site - -- parents can download a letter to Orin C. Smith, Starbucks' chief, and even send it from their babies.

Charkoudian challenges Starbucks to be a corporate leader in its public breast-feeding policies.

"Dear Mr. Smith," the letter states. "I like to drink my mama's breast milk. It tastes good and it is so good for me. I like the fact that when my mama takes me places, she feeds me when I am hungry, which is a lot, since my tummy is so small. Sometimes she goes to Starbucks. When she does, I don't want to be hungry. I want to be able to nurse there, too. I don't like nursing under a blanket because I can't see my mama and my mama can't see me and it gets hot and uncomfortable under there. I really don't like nursing in the bathroom. That's gross."

Charkoudian's website explains that in an effort to avoid harassment while nursing, "women find themselves squatting in bathrooms, fumbling under blankets, trying to cover a baby's head with the baby struggling." The reality - she notes "is that when most women breastfeed, those around cannot see much of her breast at all because the baby's head is covering it."

Check out the "3-Minute Activist" on the Promotion of Mother's Milk website - . The site provides simple steps to get the word out about negative portrayals of breastfeeding in the media and society in general.

Go to and email a letter from the site encouraging Starbucks to adopt nursing-friendly policies in all of its stores.

Charkoudian has received more than 400 emails at the site. Some are genuinely gung-ho, and many supporters have used her website to write to the company. One woman wrote of her humiliating experience on an airline: "I asked for a seat change (I was sandwiched between two men) so I could nurse comfortably. I suggested putting me near a female passenger. The male attendant's attitude was rude and nasty. He told me that was not their problem."

But not all of the e-mails are encouraging, and dozens are vitriolic in their anger about her campaign. "Go take your shirt off in one of thousands of others places you can (and I'm all for women taking their shirt off)," wrote one man. "And spend your time on a real worthwhile cause."

The hostile e-mails show Charkoudian that more needs to be done - by government, companies and the public to support nursing women. "I never expected it to be this big," she says. "There was an intense emotional response to this. We're not boycotting Starbucks. We're challenging them to be a corporate leader."
Source: By Lisa Newman,

Bills aim to ease breast-feeding in public

'If my child is hungry, I should have that right.'

Evelyn Garner Araujo, a Jackson mother of three, has had to pump breast milk in a public restroom to feed her child.

A waitress has refused to serve Nancy White because she breast-fed her child under a blanket. White said she was surprised by people's reactions the first time she fed the oldest of her three children in public. "I didn't know that it was an offense to breast-feed in public," White said. "If my child is hungry, I should have that right. I'm sensitive to other people. I'm very discreet."

A series of bills proposed in the Legislature may give mothers more rights to nurse in public.

What's Next?

A subcommittee of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. today (January 23, 2006) in Room 409 at the Capitol.

Senate Bills 2419 and 2352 and House Bill 527 would exempt breast-feeding mothers (but not lactating fathers) from Mississippi's public indecency law, protect breast-feeding mothers from discrimination in the workplace and ensure that licensed child-care facilities accommodate breast-feeding mothers and their children.

Breast-feeding in public is a misdemeanor under the current law, punishable by up to six months in jail or a $500 fine.

Sen. Hillman Frazier, D-Jackson, a proponent of the bill, said public indecency laws should not apply to breast-feeding women. He said forcing women to use public restrooms is unsanitary and unfair."I wouldn't want to drink a milkshake in a public bathroom, let alone feed my child," Frazier said.

The bills seem to face little opposition in either chamber. The measures have bipartisan support, including chairmen of the public health committees in both chambers.

Senate Public Health Committee Chairman Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, said his committee will give the bill serious consideration.

"Breast-feeding has been shown to have tremendous health benefits," Nunnelee said. "There should not be legal obstacles to a mother wanting to breast-feed her children."

Dr. Becky Saenz, director of the Mississippi Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic in Madison, said breast-feeding laws in other states have increased the rate of breast-feeding, which is good for mother and baby.

For children, Saenz said, breast-feeding reduces the risk for dozens of diseases, including asthma, lymphoma, leukemia and diabetes. For mothers, she said, it reduces the risk of several types of cancer including breast cancer.

She said pressures not to breast-feed in public force many of her patients to abandon breast-feeding before the six months recommended by the American Medical Association.

"Mothers and children should be able to feed whenever and wherever the child gets hungry," Saenz said. "They should be allowed to breast-feed wherever a bottle-feeding mother can feed."

Araujo, White and other mothers who support the bill say they are discreet when they feed in public and people around them typically cannot tell they are feeding.

Araujo said she does not think anyone would have her arrested for feeding in public, but she's been asked to leave a public school classroom where she was volunteering.

Araujo and others say the legislation, if passed, would make breast-feeding in public more acceptable and make it easier to choose a healthier option for their babies.

"Breast-feeding your child is very empowering," Araujo said. "The more people become accustomed to it, the less discomfort they will have with it."
Source: By Joshua Cogswell, E-Mail,

Suggestions for Breast Feeding in Public

Breast-Feeding is a gift that the mother gives her baby. Breast-feeding in public places can be embarrassing for a mother.

When in public, wear clothing that allows easy access to breasts with as little exposure as possible.

Don't wait until the baby is frantic and start crying to breast-feed. Crying babies attract attention to both the mother and baby.

Turn away from the public as much as possible. Use a duppatta/scarf, magazine, or another person to avoid public exposure.

Turn the chair to the wall, if necessary to breast-feed the baby. Source:

Facebook Policy Angers Nursing Moms

Web-savvy moms who breast-feed are irate that social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace restrict photos of nursing babies. The disputes reveal how the sites' community policing techniques sometimes struggle to keep up with the booming number and diversity of their members.

Facebook began as a site just for college kids, but now it is an online home for 140 million people from all over the world. Among the new faces of Facebook are women like Kelli Roman, 23, who last year posted a photo of herself nursing one of her two children.

One day, she logged on to find the photo missing. When she pressed Facebook for an explanation, she got form e-mails in return.

Comments: Is Facebook against breastfeeding and/or breasts? What are they afraid of - that millions of viewers will go blind? We get to watch someone commit suicide, we see mutliatoins, hangings, brutal fights, war, you name it but they are afraid of the world seeing one of the most loving, nurturing situations human beings can be exposed to - a woman breastfeeding a child. I realize that the American culture still isn't comfortable with seeing a nipple and in some states and airports, the woman is required to go to the filthy airport bathroom to nurse. The Dr. Spock start this whole fear but saying, I believe in the 70's, that you only needed to breast feed for a month before you put your child on Simulac. Breastfeeding has gotten a bit more popular but women who do it in public are often ridiculed, scorned and maligned. Is it any wonder that American children are deprived of this healthy aspect of growing up that children in many other cultures enjoy. An American child gets an average of one year to breast feed and then it's over while the average world wide in 4.6 years. The AVERAGE. Get a grip, Facebook. And, Get a Grip America to demand the return of these nurturing photos to the Internet. - Gordon Clay

Alyssa Milano questions why her photo is more offensive than Kim Kardashian's

Is Alyssa Milano breastfeeding more or less offensive than Kim Kardashian posing nude?

That's the question the 41-year-old actress is raising. On Nov. 12 after Kim Kardashian's Paper Magazine nude photos attempted to "break the internet," Milano tweeted it and compared it to her own controversy.

The 'Mistresses' star posted a breastfeeding selfie and got some heat over it showing part of her boob and quoting writer Milan Kundera, "Ah, the joy of suckling! She lovingly watched the fishlike motions of the toothless mouth and she imagined that with her milk there flowed into her little son her deepest thoughts, concepts, and dreams."

PHOTOS: Olivia Wilde and More Breastfeeding Moms

Even though she did not understand why her photo was more offensive, she did give Kim, 34, some credit for her latest pics.

Since Milano raised the question, she has inspired a social breastfeeding selfie movement. Many moms have tweeted at her with their own photos of breastfeeding, and she retweeted a few.

Milano and her agent husband David Bugliari welcomed their daughter Elizabella on Sept. 4. The couple also has a son, Milo Thomas, 3.

Watch Halle Berry share her breastfeeding story in the video.

Because Kim's butt wwon't make a man turn to stone, according to the Bibler, but a breast might. - Gordon Clay

Just imagine. You're at a dinner party. A lot of conversation going on. It's time to eat, Which scenario would you pick: (1) You at cofvered with a sheet and have to eat in the dark, hidden away from the others. (2) You have to go to the bathroom and eat in an individual stall. 02 (3) Your mother takes her breast out at the tablle, everyone asks as if this were totally nastural (which it is in many culturs), and you drink your fill. - Gordon Clay

Rates in Other States

The rates of breast-feeding in a sampling of states that have laws exempting mothers from public indecency laws. The average rate of breast feeding in the world is 4.6 years. Some are still breast feeding at 6 years.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Breast-Feeding Past Infancy: 'I'm Comforting Him'

A Mom Talks About Her Decision to Continue Breast-Feeding Her Older Children. Includes 8:09 video Average age to ween a child around world is 4. Then a bunch of psychologists whine about it. 6 is not unusual. 1 to 6 months is.

Driving and Breast-Feeding Nets Charges

Police in Ohio say a woman has been charged with child endangering after another motorist reported she was both breast-feeding a youngster and talking on a phone while driving.

Police in the Dayton suburb of Kettering say the caller told them he saw the woman Thursday.

Officer Michael Burke says authorities used a license plate number to track down 39-year-old Genine Compton.

He said the woman told officers she was breast-feeding and wouldn't let her child go hungry.

Burke said the legal concern is that Compton had a child in her lap while driving, not that she was breast-feeding in public.

He said the child was under 2 years old.

Police say the woman faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,800 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor.

Viva La Boobies! 7 Things To Know About Breasts

Breasts are amazing – they are beautiful, they nourish babies, and they have an intelligence of their own.

Breasts have so many incredible benefits for the health of humanity, the power of women, and the nurturing of the future generations.

Your breasts deserve a medal of honor – plus nurturing, pampering, and respect.

Yet, our breasts are suffering from the dangerous effects of rising environmental toxins in our food, water, air, and toiletries, degrading media, restrictive fashion, and lack of empowering health education for women.

I had a dream a few weeks ago that I was at a conference and the organizers asked me to get up on stage and speak about breast health. They said it was vital that we get more people to understand and value the importance of caring for our healthy breasts and that in order to get people’s attention I needed to be topless to speak. While I was still pondering whether or not I felt comfortable with being topless on stage, I woke up.

A few days later Angelina Jolie announced her decision to have her healthy breasts surgically removed because of her potential cancer risk. This action has inspired me even more to realize how vital it is that we join in this conversation and speak about how to naturally care for our breasts, how our environment, diet, and lifestyle impact our health, and why breast health is more important than every before.

Thus, my intention is to share positive inspiring information to support women to love their breasts and learn about ways to naturally care for our amazing breasts.

Let’s uplift breasts to the status level they deserve!

7 Amazing Things to Know About Breasts

#1 Breasts want freedom.

Bras restrict the movement of lymphatic fluid through the breasts, underarm, and shoulders, thus causing toxins to build up in the breast tissue. Underwire bras are the worst culprit, as the metal also can disrupt the energy flow through the breast area.

A recent French study has shown that women who don’t wear bras actually have perkier breasts even as they age.

Exercising, dance, and rebounding without a bra also allows the body’s movements to support lymphatic flow and proper drainage of the breasts. The natural movement of the breasts as the body exercises and moves is another essential component to lymphatic health in the breasts.

#2 Breasts need massage.

There is no muscle tissue in a women’s breasts, so breasts need assistance to enhance circulation through the breast. A woman’s breasts are mostly fat tissue along with milk ducts, connective tissue, nerves, and lymph glands.

Self breast massage is an important regular practice for women to support their blood and lymph circulation and reduce build-up of toxins and hormones in the fatty tissue of the breasts.

Massage your breasts daily with a natural cold-pressed vegetable oil, such as coconut, almond, or jojoba oil. You can also add pure essential oils such as rose, jasmine, or clary sage to your massage oil base.

I’m not talking about “man-handling” here, I’m talking about gentle self massage in which you get to know what your breasts feel like, notice any changes, and use gentle lymphatic and circulatory movements to enhance health.

#3 Breasts are hot.

It has been well-documented that a woman’s breasts will synchronize with her newborn baby to become the perfect temperature. When a mother and baby are skin-to-skin postpartum, her breasts will naturally adjust their temperature to regulate the baby’s body temperature optimally.

A mother of twins will have each of her breasts match the ideal temperature for each one of her twins. A women’s breasts are more reliable and efficient than any baby warmer. So breasts are totally hot – just not in the way people usually talk about.

#4 Breastmilk has a gazillion medicinal uses.

Breastmilk is pretty much the most amazing food substance available to mankind.

Mother’s milk is completely unique and not possible to replicate (despite what you may have heard from the formula companies). It actually changes minute by minute, day to day, to provide exactly the right nourishment and immunities that a baby needs as determined by the breast through receiving information from the baby’s saliva on the areola.

There are over 400+ identified nutrients in human breast milk, including probiotics and an abundant source of stem cells. The first milk that comes out is colostrum, which is rich with immune factors and is considered to be “liquid gold”, and extremely important for the life-long health of the baby.

Breastmilk is also used by wise mamas for many purposes including putting on diaper rash, earaches, pink eye, sore throats, and many other healing needs. When a women breastfeeds the breastmilk bathes her milk ducts as it passes through to her baby, thus providing increased breast health and preventing breast cancer in direct relation to how long she nurses.

#5 Breasts are energy centers.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system of health that has been practiced for thousands of years, based upon the movement of energy through the body on the meridians (energy lines) and acupoints (nodes of energy on the meridians). There are six meridians that run through the breast area, and three of them are the Kidney, Liver, and Stomach meridians where most breast lumps and cancer develop.

TCM treats breast cancer by addressing the energy stagnation and movement of qi. Acupuncture and TCM are holistic ways to promote breast health and can be used in combination with other health care treatments as well. Massaging the acupressure points along the meridians, or holding these energy points around the breasts, can help with promoting breast and whole body health and vitality.

Underwire bras can also interfere with the energy moving through the meridians in the breasts, another reason to let your boobs go free, or invest in a soft supportive natural fiber bra.

#6 Breasts are a lot like canaries.

You’ve heard about the canary in the coal mine? Miners would take canaries down in the mines with them, because the birds were so sensitive that if the environment was toxic the canaries would die, and then the miners would know to get out of there immediately! Breasts are extremely sensitive, they receive information from the environment and their tissues collect toxins and hormones, like jet fuel and flame retardants.

When breastfeeding, the saliva from the baby is absorbed into the areola and the breasts then immediately respond by providing the nutrients and immune factors that the baby needs based upon the breast’s incredibly sensitive receptors.

Breast cancer is now the most common form of cancer for women in the US, and it’s not because breasts or our genes are the problem. Our breasts are the canaries letting us know that our environment is toxic and we must make changes in our health, diets, exposure, and detox. Due to the over 70,000 chemicals now used in the US over the last 100 years, we are living in a toxic soup and exposed to chemicals in our air, food, water, homes, cars, clothes, and more. Our breasts are letting us know that we need to create a healthy change for our longevity and the future generations.

#7 Breasts are beautiful.

Your breasts are perfect for you. All kinds of breasts are beautiful. Breasts change in shape and size over life, and that’s okay. Some men like large breasts, others prefer small breasts, and some like medium sized. Whatever shape or size of your boobs is just right. Love your breasts! They have superpowers, they are intelligent, and they are amazing!

In Mongolia, when a baby fusses, everyone lifts up their shirt and shakes their breasts for the baby, and the baby calms down and looks around amazed. Everyone laughs and smiles shaking their boobs, including mom, grandma, and grandpa too! So smile and love your boobs, they are awesome.

Viva La Boobies!

Breastfeeding Mom Graduation Photo Goes Viral

Jacci Sharkey juggled motherhood and schoolwork for most of her three and a half years at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Queensland, Australia. So the 24-year-old mother of two thought it only fitting to thank the university for supporting her and her family (who sometimes even went to lectures with her) by sharing a photo in which she was breastfeeding her then-6-week-old son Alek in her cap and gown, just before the graduation ceremony.

"I’m extremely proud that with the support of the uni, during my degree I was able to have 2 babies and still finish my degree," Sharkey explained in a note with the Oct. 2 photo. “Thanks USC!”

Now the school can thank her for shining the spotlight on them. Since the university posted her photo on Facebook on Nov. 2, it’s gone viral, with 184,000 likes and more than 5,400 shares.

"I thought I’d be really happy if it got 100 likes, and then it’s just gone out of control," the human resources management major, whose other son, Ari, is 20 months old, told Australia’s ABC News. “I never expected it to go crazy!”

Also unexpected was the idea that she had sent it to promote breastfeeding. “It wasn’t a statement [on breastfeeding] or anything like that,” Sharkey insisted. “I would have sent the same picture to the uni had [Alek] had a bottle or a sandwich.”

The thought she wanted to share was “just the fact that I’m a mum, it’s not I’m a breastfeeding mum, just I’m a mum,” she explained. “It was really a message of thanks and that other mums can do it as well.”

Elaborating to the Daily Mail Australia, Sharkey — who currently works as a wedding and events planner — declared, “You don’t have to give up the career to have kids, and you don’t have to give up kids to have the career … you can have it all.”

Nevertheless, the photo has been a boon to breastfeeding proponents. “Breastfeeding moms feel excited about seeing that,” La Leche League’s Diana West tells Yahoo Parenting. “In our world, breastfeeding is not considered acceptable everywhere. It’s changing a lot, but it’s still an adjustment for a lot of people to accept. A picture like this shows that this is normal. And it’s a cool way to show her bringing together her two worlds.”

With all the recent celebrity breastfeeding photo shares on social media, including ones from Alyssa Milano, Jaime King, and Gisele Bündchen, West says she’s not surprised that Sharkey’s went viral. “It’s breasts,” she admits. “They’re always going to be sexualized and get notice, but this image still serves the breastfeeding cause well because the more we talk about it, the more we discuss the issues around it.”

Sharkey says she has gotten some negative feedback about breastfeeding in public — much like Karlesha Thurman, 25, who received a slew of Twitter slams in June after a photo of her breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter during her graduation from California State University, Long Beach, was posted on social media. But the overwhelming response has been positive.

"Studying is HARD," Kristie Morris commented in one rave post on USC’s Facebook page. "Studying with kids is HARDER, studying whilst growing a baby, giving birth and breast feeding is EXTREMELY HARD!!! Doing all of this while staying healthy for 2 physically, mentally and getting to the finish line is a massive achievement. BE SO PROUD MUMMA!!!!"

Echoed Larissa Misa Johnson: “I congratulate her for having the courage to stand up and get a picture for her work. I’m not a mother so I don’t understand how hard it must be to both study and have a child hanging off your boob, it must be really hard. All this picture is doing is showing support and encouraging mothers that they can still get both support and study at the same time. How many mothers out there have sacrificed their career to bring up their child?”

The reason this image resonates with so many is that it’s a symbol, explains Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership & Women and Families. “This photo encapsulates the dual demands placed on women increasingly taking on the role of breadwinners in families and also committed to giving their kids the right start,” she tells Yahoo Parenting. “It shows a lot of the dualities women face every day.”

What Photos of Breastfeeding Are Supposed to Look Like

The most recent picture to raise eyebrows (and get fingers typing) was Natalia Vodianova’s Instagram picture of her nursing her baby in the nude. In the midst of the praise for the beauty of the picture, some have gone so far as to say they are appalled by the image -- just as people were appalled when Gisele shared a shot of her breastfeeding while getting her hair and makeup done for a photo shoot, or trashed Ms. Kerr or Ms. King for sharing their photos because either they “weren’t appropriate” or shouldn’t have been shared.

As Alyssa Ashton wrote for Canadian Living about Natalia Vodianova’s recent photo, “No mum looks like this when she breastfeeds. Her hair and make-up isn’t usually done. She isn’t posing seductively. And she certainly isn’t breastfeeding in the nude. I hate this image because it presents breastfeeding in an inaccurate fashion.”

Ms. Ashton’s comments highlight what has become a minefield for women sharing breastfeeding photos in public in hopes of either normalizing breastfeeding or simply sharing a moment: No matter what the picture is, or who shares it, it’s wrong. These pictures are too sexy. Too formal. Too stiff. Shouldn’t be shared in public. Unfair to mothers who don’t have access to the same resources as these models. Glamorize breastfeeding. Sexualize breastfeeding ... In short, they don’t “look” like breastfeeding is “supposed to look like.” It’s not just celebrities either. Jamie Lynne Grumet from I Am Not the Babysitter was catapulted into the public eye with the infamous Time cover of her nursing her then-3-year-old standing up. People repeatedly stated the image wasn’t a “good representation” of breastfeeding.

What I’d like to know is, what is breastfeeding supposed to look like?

Is it just this lovey-dovey moment between mother and child as they’re curled up on the sofa gazing at each other? That’s a wonderful moment (one I’ve experienced many times), but it’s certainly not the be all and end all of breastfeeding. I can return to what Ms. Ashton wrote and tell you that I have nursed in all the ways she mentions, including the come hither look (you know, the “Hey baby, let me put this baby to sleep so we can have some fun!” look). I also smiled when I saw Ms. Grumet’s cover because, at the time, my daughter regularly stood on things to have a quick drink, and it was nice to know it wasn’t just me. I also have a picture of me nursing while getting my makeup done a la Gisele.

I have nursed in so many different places while doing so many different things and looking so many different ways and I am happy to share any of them because they are all what breastfeeding looks like. Breastfeeding doesn’t look one way because we as nursing mothers aren’t just one thing. We are mothers, but we are also sexual beings and the two are not incompatible. In fact, we do a disservice to women when we are, in essence, telling them that they can’t be sexual whilst breastfeeding, that they have to remain asexual because it’s not true. It’s not just about sexuality though, because we also work, we might enjoy doing our makeup every day (or not), we might prefer to read a book or watch TV while nursing sometimes, or we may not want to stop what we are doing resulting in nursing on the go or while doing something else. We may nurse nude, we may nurse in bed, after a shower, or at the dinner table. Just as no two women are the same, no two nursing experiences are the same between or even within women.

We have to stop this ridiculous and wrong idea that breastfeeding has to look a certain way. People trying to normalize breastfeeding have a hard enough time on their hands with people who feel it’s something that should be kept quiet and out of sight without adding that only certain pictures of breastfeeding are “acceptable.” Just because one person’s nursing experience doesn’t match your own, it doesn’t invalidate their breastfeeding experience, it just highlights how unique and special breastfeeding can be. Isn’t that something worth celebrating instead of shunning?

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