Makes You Wonder What Our Hangup Is, Really……..


No big message here, except that I found these images powerful, beautiful, and interesting.  I do not understand our cultural horror and disdain for something so natural.  I am a proud breastfeeding mama.  I certainly do not go out of my way to make a show of it, and indeed in 10 months have nursed outside my home less than 25% of the time.  I have, however, nursed in parked vehicles, restaurants, shopping centers, friend’s/family’s homes, waiting rooms, and wherever else he was hungry.  I do not cover up.  I do not need to.  He doesn’t like it, and if you don’t understand that, try eating your dinner with a blanket over your head and face.  He has not been forced to eat in a nasty stinky bathroom either.  EEEWWW.  I am not making him eat anywhere I wouldn’t.  I guarantee that when I feed him you see far less of me than you do on any random girl or woman in most adverts or, indeed, walking around on the streets any given day.  SO, once again, no big message here, except that I found these images to be beautiful, natural, and empowering for those of us struggling to use what nature gave us in the face of a society who has forgotten their purpose due to cultural conditioning and sexualization of our bodies.

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A woman breastfeeding in the Favela do Maruim, Natal/RN, Brazil

The above picture was found here on Wikipedia and was listed under creative commons.

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Breastfeeding Himba woman and child (Africa) taken by Christopher Rimmer. This was one of a series taken down from Facebook due to their ‘unsuitability’ for children.

The above picture was one of a series taken in Africa by Christopher Rimmer.  Original article here.

togo mother breastfeeding

Togo mother breastfeeding. Taken by Luca Gorgano. This one I particularly loved, because of the megawatt smile on mommy’s face. You see lots of nursing photos that seem peaceful, but not that many where it is so obvious that mom is happy and enjoying herself.

This pic I found here.  Worth reading, and has several very nice pics from around the world.

There is nothing quite like looking into those wide innocent eyes, peering up at you during a feeding.

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Oh, I’ve been there. I particularly like informal shots like these. When you’re in the middle of something, you just gotta grow that extra arm and do what ya’ gotta do. Photos like this remind us that this is a natural process, and part of a busy day that doesn’t come screeching to a halt just because it’s nummy time.

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Feeding in a parked vehicle is not super comfortable, even without the addition of the invariable looky-loo coming by to check it out.

The three preceding pics were taken from here.  Word of warning though, this gallery has some wonderful candid nursing shots but if you are offended easily you should probably skip it.  Then again, if you are offended easily, you probably stopped reading before you got this far.

twins nursing

You go, mom! One can be hard enough….

This pic was taken from an absolutely wonderful blog about these twins.  I had a great deal of difficulty with my first two children’s attempts at nursing.  My third has been a heavenly experience, so I have seen both sides of the fence.  Moms of multiples who successfully nurse impress the heck out of me.  Props to all of them.

I could have spent a lot more time sharing the pics I scanned through this morning………but I hear a little boy singing in the next room, which means that it’s nummy time here now. So here’s one last pic before I wrap up :

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My Connor-boo back in March when he was 5 months old. This one is one of my favorites. He is still nummin’ right along at 10 months, too.

Nursing was a lot different at 5 months.  Less of a gymnastic effort, definitely.  Once he realized he could eat but still interact with his surroundings it became something of a challenge to keep him interested long enough for a feeding before he takes off to explore again.  It’s never dull, but always rewarding.  My 3 year old has certainly gotten into the act.  If Connor cries, Gracen comes and tugs at me saying “Brother cry.  Him hungry.  You feed him boo-bies?”  Yeah, I know, it probably loses a little of the cuteness factor when you don’t hear it.  What I love is that he takes the situation at face value.  Baby is hungry, baby needs to eat, feed him boo-bies mom.  So tell me why a 3 year old can relate and accept the situation but an adult cannot? I have been saying that folks with hangups about nursing should grow up, but maybe that isn’t right.  Maybe what they should do is forget some of  the misperceptions they learned growing up.

An Awesome Thing


This is a  wondrous and amazing thing.

Crocheting To Change The Planet

 

One Lovely Blog Award


I would like to thank 3teensmom who was gracious enough to nominate sarahjane for the One Lovely Blog Award.  As of this morning, my soapbox has been on the virtual courtsquare corner for a little over 5 months and has amassed 100 followers.  I have absolutely no clue how that happened.  Sarahjane was started as a place to holler about the things I can’t discuss with (or even in front of) friends and family.  This is a place where I can be as ME as I choose to be, and as a result, those who read my posts know me far better than those who have known me my entire life.  Funny, that.  I expected to have an occasional visitor and perhaps a comment or two, with the occasional flaming over my opinions.  I did NOT expect to gather any significant number of regular followers or readers, so I wanted to thank you all very much.  Validation comes in many forms, and I am endlessly tickled, touched, and flattered that any of you find my contributions here of interest.

 One Lovely Blog Award nomination

The rules for this Award are as follows:

1.   Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you.

2.   Describe 7 things about yourself.

3.   Nominate 15 other bloggers.

Nominees (apologies if this is an unwelcome nomination):

  1. brainsnorts inc
  2. The Dixie Flatline
  3. Coalescence
  4. clotildajamcracker
  5. polentical
  6. A Clown On Fire
  7. notthebestoftimes
  8. The Self Taught Atheist
  9. rubberchickensociety
  10. Jots From A Small Apartment
  11. A Frank Angle
  12. Goodpulp.com
  13. Prawn And Quartered
  14. You’ve Been Hooked!
  15. Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride

As for the 7 things about myself (that have not already been posted):

  1. I used to own a White’s tree frog named Big Momma.
  2. I prowl my house in the wee hours of the morning because it is the only time it is quiet, so that is my ‘me’ time.
  3. For some reason, over half the people I meet for the first time call me Anne instead of Suzanne.
  4. My husband & I met on E-Harmony.
  5. I have a pet squirrel in my back yard named Fat Bastard, or F.B. for short.
  6. I could eat Mexican every day and never get tired of it.  I also put avocados in all my salads.
  7. When I was younger, I was sure that the people in the portraits on our walls could see me.  I have yet to obtain positive proof they do not.

Happy Families Come In All Shapes & Sizes


These are fortunate children, in the arms of capable, nurturing, committed parents. ‘Nuff said.

NPH & David Burtka With Twins

If you can look at this pic and see anything other than a cute/happy family pic, then we are so far removed that we do not even speak the same language.

 

* borrowed from the Facebook page of Pride PAC

4th Of July


Ten Things I Want To Tell Teenage Girls | Kate Conner


Ten Things I Want To Tell Teenage Girls | Kate Conner.

 

I think a great many women of all ages, not just teens, could benefit from this advice.  Very well put, Kate.

Happy Saint Paddy’s Daze……ahem, cough, cough…..Day…..


This Saint Patrick's Day, keep yourself fit with Irish Yoga!

This Saint Patrick's Day, keep yourself fit with Irish Yoga!

 

Have fun and be safe everybody.