While not everyone can or wants to nurse their newborn, for many mums breastfeeding their baby can be one of the most memorable moments of motherhood. From subtle, delicate inkings, to colourful scenes that span across entire bodyparts, the hashtag #breastfeedingtattoo on Instagram is awash with breastfeeding ink from women keen to symbolise the time they spent nursing their babies.
Sharing the image to her own Instagram, the daughter of Formula 1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone, offered praise to the photographer for capturing the touching image. “Thank you @ivetteivens for capturing this beautiful moment this is by far my favourite photograph but mainly thank you for spreading this message,” she wrote. Thank you @ivetteivens for capturing this beautiful moment this is by far my favourite photograph but mainly thank you for spreading this message.
A mum is hoping to press charges after a childcare worker was allegedly caught on video breastfeeding her son without permission. The mum from North Carolina claims to have recorded the video from security footage inside her three-month-old son’s nursery. According to ABC7 the clip shows the worker adjusting her top before bringing the child to her chest to breastfeed him.
Researchers at the University of Sheffield say they have identified the molecular switch that causes women’s breasts to stop producing milk when they stop breastfeeding. It is hoped that the new research could provide vital insights into the development of breast cancer.
It’s not unusual to hear stories of women being shamed for breastfeeding in public. What’s slightly more out of the ordinary, however, is discovering that the person doing the shaming is a police officer who threatened to arrest the mum in question if she didn’t stop nursing. Mum-of-two Savvy Shukla was shopping in a Piggly Wiggly supermarket in Georgia in the US with her two children, when her one-month old newborn needed to be fed.
Just when you thought we might be done with all the mum-shaming, another mother is verbally attacked for breastfeeding her son in a shopping centre. This was the exact dilemma mum-of-two, Kate Louise from Victoria, Australia found herself in earlier this week.
According to UNICEF’s website, the week is described as an opportunity for “mothers, breastfeeding supporters and health professionals to come together and share what works well to support breastfeeding in local communities.” So, with that in mind, consider the irony of a mum being told not to breastfeed her baby in a branch of Mothercare during that exact time. Clare Shaw had just sat down to begin feeding her five-month-old daughter, Elsa in the branch in Edmonton, London, when a member of staff approached her to intervene.
Yep, the most unusual story of the day award goes to Jennifer Mulford who according to The Sun has decided to quit her job so she can breastfeed her boyfriend, bodybuilder Brad Leeson, full time. The 36-year-old from Atlanta first came across a website about ‘Adult Breastfeeding Relationships’ (ABR) when she was single.
Doctors, nurses, firefighters and other shift workers know all about the effects of wonky sleep. Using animal models, scientists at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine found that that subjects on shift work schedules had more severe stroke outcomes in terms of brain damage and loss of sensation and limb movement than controls on regular sleep-wake cycles. “The body is synchronized to night and day by circadian rhythms—24-hour cycles controlled by internal biological clocks that tell our bodies when to sleep, when to eat and when to perform numerous physiological processes,” says David Earnest, professor of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics and lead author of the study, published in Endocrinology.
Not knowing how much milk your baby is getting is one of the biggest challenges to breastfeeding [Photo: mymomsense.com]
Last year photographer Tara Ruby created a photo series of military mums breastfeeding their children that she hoped it might help normalise breastfeeding for those working in the armed forces. Not only did the release of the pictures light a match under the whole breastfeeding in public debate, but it also encouraged other mums to get in touch to share their own breastfeeding journeys. The new pictures of working mums nursing their children, include a veteran ‘tandem feeding’ her two kids, a Las Vegas showgirl dressed in full costume, a nurse and a teacher.
Jessica Anna Colletti, 26, posted the photo of the two children, who she dubs ‘milk siblings’, on Facebook in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and explained that she regularly breastfeeds both of the children. “My son on the right is 16 months and my friend’s son is 18 months,” Jessica commented on the image, which she shared on the Facebook page Mama Bean - Unconditional Attachment. Jessica started breastfeeding her friend’s son after he struggled with formula.