About Sara

My first child was born on Feb. 16th 2012 and my second is due January 2014. As I embark on my own breastfeeding adventure, I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of the breastfeeding blog world. For more about me read the About Us section of the blog! This blog is intended to be a place of inspiration and information. It is a place to share stories and ideas. I love hearing from you!

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Breastfeeding in public motto!

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


I found this slogan on pinterest.  I love it!

What do you say if or when someone asks you not to breastfeed in public??

Breastfeeding is normal!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

I am due with my first child in two months.  There are so many things I am looking forward to, but… I don’t like drawing attention to myself, making people uncomfortable or  being insecure.  What I really don’t like is that these things are often associated with breastfeeding in public!

I am truly excited for the breastfeeding relationship only I will be able to have with my child.  Because of my work on this blog and my involvement with an amazing community of online breastfeeding mothers, I feel that I will confidently breastfeed in public.  I just hope that if (or when, as it seems more often) I run into negative reactions I will remember this “confidence” I have now!

Last month there was an article about a Michigan judge that deemed breastfeeding (discreetly in the back of his courtroom) “inappropriate”.  Read the article here.  It seems everyday I read about more women feeling embarassed or belittled when breastfeeding in public.  Breastfeeding is normal!! I don’t want to breastfeed in public to make a statement of my rights and responsibilities.  I want to breastfeed because that is what is best for my child.

I would like to see this stop being an issue.  Bottle-feed or breastfeed, the idea is that if you are out with your baby you should not feel weird about feeding it!

Do you feel comfortable breastfeeding in public?  How do we make breastfeeding the cultural norm?

Bon Voyage!

Friday, October 28th, 2011

I spent fifteen hours traveling yesterday to get from Montreal to Nelson, BC.  I came to the beautiful Kootenays to visit my dearest friend.  My mentality when booking my flight (and bus…) was that I needed to treat myself to a getaway before the baby arrives.  I have read many times that the second trimester is the time get out there and go on a trip.  It seems to be true.  I was quite comfortable and only had to pack for one!  It made me think of my impending parenthood.  Will flying be quite so fun then?

When I think of all the upcoming challenges of having a child, flying with them seems to be the one that really makes you brave.  Breastfeeding in public is nothing compared with the sighs of disdain from a plane load of people when they see you board with baby.  It is a shame that strangers are not more supportive, considering most likely they’ve done it too! 

My first experience traveling with children was when I accompanied my sister and nieces to visit my grandmother.  Zoe was 2 1/2 years old and Avery was seven months.  My sister and I were prepared with a battery of books, toys and songs.  One of my all time favourite memories with my nieces was Zoe sitting on my lap on that plane as we quietly sang every nursery rhyme I knew until she stopped singing and snoozed.  The girls required our full attention, but as long we kept them busy everyone had a good time.  I found the whole trip wonderfully fun and I hope that I take this attitude with me when it is my own children!

What advice to do you have for flying with children?  How do you keep them entertained?  Would you rather have a root canal :) ?

Family gatherings. Yay or nay?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

With Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, I wondered how breastfeeding mothers fair at such family events.  I am not due until February, so I will not be breastfeeding at the two biggest family gatherings this year.  Let’s say I’m preparing for Easter!

It would seem to me (as an eager mom-to-be), that a family gathering should be a welcoming and supportive place to breastfeed.  But then again a part of me imagines it is more comfortable to breastfeed in front of a busload of strangers than while trying to have a conversation with my father-in-law.  Family members also seem far too comfortable putting in their two cents about how you should raise your child.  A mother wrote this plea on a forum recently “Help with opinionated MIL….”  I love the responses.  It’s not just mother-in-laws! Friends and family often offer suggestions (er, criticism) on all topics of parenting.

Norman Rockwell painting

So how do you deal with it?  What are your tips for surviving family events without awkwardness and debate?

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

How “crunchy” am I?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

As I get further along in my pregnancy (five months now!) and further along at my new job as a blogger of breastfeeding and other mom things, I keep coming across the term “crunchy mom”.  I like the idea of being “crunchy”, from what I understand of it.
Here is one definition I found at urbandictionary.com

Crunchy Mama:
Mother who supports homebirth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. One who questions established medical authority; tends to be vegetarian and/or prepare all-organic foods. See
crunchy and hippie.

I have  a hard time committing to one (very general) definition!  I will say I want to be a fairly crunchy mom.  But let me also preface this by saying that I’m not quite sure what all is encompassed in being “crunchy”…
These are my intentions of crunchiness:

  • I will breastfeed
  • I will start with cloth diapers (not sure how long I will continue with them, the poop seems to get quite scary!)
  • I plan to puree my own baby food (but it probably won’t be organic all the time)
  • I want to baby wear as much as possible
  • I will nurse at least a year
  • I am planning a natural birth (zero medical intervention, if possible) with a doula (in a hospital, as I haven’t been called for the midwife clinic waiting list yet, so wish me luck!)
  • I plan to have mostly used/hand-me-down baby things such as stroller, playpen, etc (mostly for my budget, but also for the environment)
  • I am taking a yoga class and am interested in the idea of hypno-birthing (must do more research!)

As you can see with all the above brackets, that I may not qualify as a “crunchy mom”!  But I like the idea of making the world as natural, safe and interesting as possible for my family.

Do you fit into a specific parenting label?

Are you a crunchy mom?  What makes you so?

Monday’s Breastfeeding Inspiration

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Instead of a quote or a video, this week I wanted to share an article and an idea!

Let’s laugh.  That is the idea and in England on a weekday afternoon in the back of a pub, you just might find a gaggle of moms with their babies doing just that.  Instead of a matinee movie, why not catch a comedy act?  As more women comedians are rising on the  scene, motherhood and parenting is becoming quite the inspiration for material.

Helen Rutter had the idea for her successful mom and baby comedy show shortly after she gave birth.  Along with making them laugh, she wanted to design a show to support and reassure new mothers “at a time when your emotions are all over the place and you can feel extremely vulnerable”.  To read the full article in the Guardian, click here.

I love the idea of meeting other new moms in your community, being welcomed to breastfeed in public and being thoroughly entertained all in one place.  What do you think?  Are there any comedy acts aimed at motherhood in your area?  Would you be interested in it?

Breastfeeding Challenge 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Tomorrow, October 1st, is the Breastfeeding Challenge.  In Canada, it kicks off World Breastfeeding Week, which we celebrate from Oct 1st to 7th (I don’t know why it’s two months later than when most of the rest of the world celebrated it!)

The Breastfeeding Challenge is not just a Canadian event, though.  This year it is being held in 15 countries.  The event is intended to raise awareness and support for breastfeeding.  At 11am local time, all the participants will simultaneously nurse.  Cheers to the world’s largest latch on!

Toronto Breastfeeding Challenge 2009 http://www.babyfriendly.ca/gallery/image_toronto-2009_122.aspx

Momzelle is proud to be a sponsor of over 100 Breastfeeding Challenges in North America.  We hope that women in all communities find the support they need.  This event is a great opportunity to meet other breastfeeding moms.  Is there a Challenge in your community?  Click here to find out.

We would love to hear if you are attending an event this year or have attended one in the past!

Making breastfeeding look bad. No thank you!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

I don’t like to write about negative things, but I just had to post about this evenflo marketing campaign.  I’ve had an extended long weekend away from my computer and as I catch up with all the breastfeeding news this morning I am shocked to see this video!

I am not shocked to read all the outraged comments on twitter or facebook.  We’ve recently been told that breastfeeding mothers have “mama bear” tendencies, so it was no surprise that the claws came out.

I am not yet breastfeeding.  When my first child is born in February, I will get an even better sense of the offending nature of this ad campaign.  As a consumer though, I am fully aware of the distasteful way absolutely every character is portrayed.  It’s insulting to everyone (especially me, the viewer!).  The overbearing mother-in-law, the bumbling grandpa, the passive husband and the ever-cleaning, irritated mom; how original!  It insults my intelligence and they are trying to be funny.

Here is a wonderfully eloquent post by PhD in Parenting that expresses just why it is so disappointing to see a company go wrong.

 

Monday’s Breastfeeding Quote

Monday, August 29th, 2011

“As long as you can – breastfeed! And get that protection into your child.”

Dr. David Rose, Deputy Director, Maternal and Primary Care Administration, DC Department of Health

Momzelle recently received beautiful pictures of a Momzelle mom nursing her toddler and we wanted to share them.
Thank you, Cristy!

How long do you plan to breastfeed?

 

 

 

 

 

NIP (nursing in public) sightings

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Don’t eat soft cheese, don’t drink alcohol, watch out for mercury in fish, stop smoking, don’t get too much vitamin A, don’t forget folic acid; the list of not to do’s is long and controversial when it comes to having a baby.  Of course, we do our best to follow it because the health of our child usually takes precedence over all else.

This made me wonder about all the things we are supposed to do, specifically breastfeeding.  There is no argument now that breastfeeding is best.  We are inundated with statistics and facts about the benefits of breast milk.  We are told to do it exclusively for the first six months of our child’s life.  So how often do you see a woman breastfeeding in public?  Now that I am blogging about breastfeeding I am on the lookout for women who NIP (nurse in public).  Where are they?!  I want to see them on the subway, at the restaurant, in the parks!!  I’m sure they are out there, I belong to a community of breastfeeding bloggers and I read stories about nursing in public every day.  Since I found out that I am expecting my first child, I seem to see dozens of pregnant women and newborns in slings every time I step out of my apartment.   Perhaps these breastfeeding women are just really discreet and once I become a breastfeeding mom my radar will be extra sharp, but until then I can’t help but come to the conclusion that our society still encourages us to hide inside.  This is the same society that tells us breastfeeding is best!

With World Breastfeeding Week having just past, I hope the awareness raised will make the NIP sighting less of a rarity, less controversial and more welcomed around here.
Here is a wonderful video that echoes my sentiment to those that NIP!
~ Sara @ Momzelle

And here are some tips for breastfeeding in public with ease:
Today’s Parent article Breastfeeding in Public

Blog entry on giggle.com

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