Did you hear about the woman in Ohio that was cited for driving, talking on her cell phone AND breastfeeding her baby ALL at the same time? Here is an article that claims that driving while talking on a cell phone is as dangerous as drinking and driving. Why not just throw-in a breastfeeding baby? I know, we as women, excel in the multi-tasking department, but this is a bit ridiculous don't you think? What WAS this woman thinking?
And I thought it was awfully nice of the police officer to clarify that she was being cited for having an unrestrained toddler in her lap, not the fact that she was "breastfeeding in public" especially when Ohio is one of the states that has a law with language specifically allowing women to breastfeed in any public or private location. Read the full story here.
Sometimes I think people should have to obtain a license to have children. Think about it. You need a license to drive a car, keep a dog, take care of other people's children, go fishing and many other things. But you can have a baby and do "whatever you want with it", no matter how immoral, reckless or manipulative... until you get caught, IF you get caught at all. What do YOU think?
I know some people that wouldn't dream of wearing a newly purchased garment before washing it first and yet others that couldn't possibly wait that long and don the new piece immediately. When prompted, the "have to wash it" crowd explain that they feel the garment is dirty until they wash it themselves. I can understand that. But there is another equally important reason to wash your garments before wearing them...
Have you ever had a piece of clothing "fall apart" the first time you washed it or even before you washed it? An open seam; a hem that has let go; a loose button? Yes? Chances are you wore it without washing it first. When you wash a garment, the threads that make up the stitching swell and their fibers "lock" together. This makes the stitching more resilient to wear and tear and less likely to "slip" undone and open that seam or let that hem down.
So if having to mend brand new purchases annoys you as it does me, then wash before you wear!
This goes for your PumpEase™ too! Your hands-free pumping support has bar tacks at opposite ends of the horn openings to reinforce the area of your PumpEase™ that will sustain the most wear and tear (from insertion and removal of your breast pump horns). We want this stitching to be locked into place to give you the best performance possible from your purchase, therefore...
please wash your PumpEase™ before you "Pump Without the Frump!™"
So tell us what side of the fence you're on - the "wash before you wear" crowd or the "I can't wait" crowd!
Last Fall, we received an email from a retailer that wanted to sell our product in her store. It was quite the coincidence as I had just three days earlier drafted an email to her, introducing PumpEase™, but had not sent it yet - and then she contacts us (can you say kharma?)
Anywho... she explained in her email that although they weren't taking on any new products at that time (due to the economy of course), that they wanted to carry PumpEase™. She called our product "recession-proof" (and she said it "rocked" and a bunch of other nice stuff!)
I have been reflecting on that email from time to time over the last few months. And I've come to the conclusion that she was right. PumpEase™ IS recession-proof!
Let me explain:
During hard economic times, people "cocoon". What do they do when they stay home? - make babies of course! There has actually been talk of another baby boom - perhaps not as big as the post-war baby boom that we are all so familiar with - but a baby boom no less.
Artificial feeding costs almost $2000 USD annually. Breastfeeding provides all the nutrients your baby needs, is always the right temperature and is FREE. It also protects you and your baby from a myriad of diseases. Kind of a no-brainer I'd say.
New Moms are likely to have to return to work sooner than planned to bring some money into the household, therefore more women will be pumping! If you are buying or renting a pump, what's another few dollars for a PumpEase™? - a product that lets you multitask while pumping - your boss will love it and so will you! And of course you will need one of our sassy Do Not Disturb door hangers to announce to all of your coworkers that you are busy "Mommy-tasking"!
And then of course, you can't argue with the numbers. We had our best month ever in January 2009. Everyday on the news, in the papers and on the internet, all the talk is "doom and gloom" - people losing jobs, families losing their homes, businesses closing (I feel for ALL of you, really I do). And yet, we are filling more orders than ever and are 'business as usual'.
I've been reading articles here and there about consumers' spending habits during an economic downturn. Research indicates that people cut corners with the "everyday" stuff - groceries, toiletries, items that don't really matter too much - however, psychologically need that one "luxury" item to boost their spirit, to make them feel special, to remind them that things will get better. Go ahead! Treat yourself to something special whether it is a PumpEase™ or something else you really want! You deserve it - and don't you dare feel guilty!
I'm a little late posting this, but regardless I believe it is important to share. I think everyone who reads this blog has heard about the 'Big Brother' Facebook issue by now (or maybe I should say Big Mother)? What I find particularly ridiculous is their reactionary stance on the removal of these so-called 'obscene' breastfeeding pictures. So, you can have a breastfeeding picture on your profile as long as no one complains about it. Hmmm... I've seen pictures that barely show the breast let alone a nipple that have been removed by Facebook and yet there are others showing "everything" that haven't. If Facebook has policies in place, then they should be upheld across the board, not just when the wheel squeaks. It is discriminatory.
It reminds me of a job I had about 20 years ago (yes I was a victim of child labour). The employee parking lot accommodated only a fraction of the people who worked in the building, therefore some of us had to park on the street. There was a 3 hour parking bylaw, but it was only enforced (with a parking ticket) if a resident complained. Needless to say, we quickly got to know which addresses NOT to park in front of due to them housing particularly 'grumpy' homeowners that had nothing better to do but to call the city to give us a ticket.
So Facebook, I appeal to you as follows: If you are going to pull pictures and cancel accounts, then each and every picture posted to Facebook MUST be screened using identical criteria. Therefore, if a picture of a mother breastfeeding her baby, with the baby's head positioned in such a way that no part of the areola is exposed, is considered obscene, then so is a picture of a burlesque dancer wearing pasties. It is as simple as that - the same rules MUST apply to all parties.
Here is a copy of the press release issued by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine last month.
Facebook flack regarding breastfeeding mothers
New Rochelle, NY, January 12, 2009 - "The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine feels that the social networking website, Facebook, would be well advised to review its policy banning photographs of breastfeeding mothers. Such a policy perpetuates the notion that breastfeeding is an unseemly bodily function best kept from public viewing, a misguided and antiquated concept that has no place in contemporary society. It further perpetuates the idea that formula feeding is normative when breastfeeding is, and should be considered, normative infant and young child feeding. Health professionals widely acknowledge that breastfeeding is biologically unique and appropriate for the mother and infant.
Throughout most of history, breastfeeding, whether performed in private or otherwise, has been regarded as a natural and wholesome aspect of daily living. In fact, some of the greatest works of Renaissance art dealt with the theme of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding her infant son (the Madonna Lactans). Note from Wendy - no less than 47 images, in Wikipedia alone, appeared when I Googled "Madonna Lactans". I have incuded one such image to the right - and a stunningly beautiful one at that. And yes that is a COMPLETELY EXPOSED areola (gasp! - what were they thinking back in the 16th century?)
So important is breastfeeding for the well-being of infants, mothers, and society at large that no less than forty four states have enacted legislation safeguarding the right of a mother to breastfeed in public. The Surgeon General's Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding encourages "images of breastfeeding as the normal way to feed infants in most places women and their infants go." Facebook should certainly be considered one of those places."
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation through education, research, and advocacy. An independent, self-sustaining, international physician organization and the only organization of its kind, ABM's mission is to unite members of various medical specialties through physician education, expansion of knowledge in breastfeeding science and human lactation, facilitation of optimal breastfeeding practices, and encouragement of the exchange of information among organizations.
Very well stated. OK, Facebook... are you finally going to step-up to the plate? Tell me what you think - will Facebook ever eat their words?
"If a medicine were to be developed that could prevent the deaths of a million or more children per year, greatly reduce childhood illness and disease, produce healthier and perhaps even smarter adults, and, in its administration, contribute to preventing ovarian and premenopausal breast cancer and osteoporosis in women, it would certainly be hailed as the greatest miracle in the history of medical science.
If, furthermore, this medicine had no ill side effects, and its production had absolutely no adverse environmental impact, we would scarcely be able to believe our good fortune as a species. Now, what if the fantasy were to be extended a bit, so that we imagine this miracle substance to be not only all of the above, but also free of charge? In other words, no one stands to profit economically from its production, promotion, or distribution. In fact, the only adverse impact at all would be an economic one on a billion-dollar multinational industry built upon a competing but clearly inferior product..."
- Barbara Quick
Guess what? She's talking about breast milk.
If you remove all the cultural stigmas, red tape and white noise, it is really a no-brainer, isn't it? Tell me what you think.