Breastfeeding is Beautiful

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misspres:

She was hysterical when they arrived to pick me up from work. It’s nothing that Mommy’s boobs can’t fix real quick🙌💕. #purelove #breastfeeding

misspres:

She was hysterical when they arrived to pick me up from work. It’s nothing that Mommy’s boobs can’t fix real quick🙌💕. #purelove #breastfeeding

Only three countries in the world report that they don’t offer paid maternity leave. And the United States is one of them. It’s time to change that.

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President Obama advocates for paid maternity leave (via micdotcom)

Though it should be family leave. 

(via barefootchaos)

athene-numphe:

This is our last after-daycare breastfeeding session. It has been our tradition since he started daycare at 3 months old, but now #LP is turning 3. We’ve been talking about this for a few weeks now. We’ll see how he does tomorrow. #fulltermbreastfeeding

Bittersweet.

athene-numphe:

This is our last after-daycare breastfeeding session. It has been our tradition since he started daycare at 3 months old, but now #LP is turning 3. We’ve been talking about this for a few weeks now. We’ll see how he does tomorrow. #fulltermbreastfeeding

Bittersweet.

5 Reasons American Women Won’t Breastfeed - Five Things - WSJ

galactoblogue:

GREAT yet horrifying article. The percentage of babies exclusively breastfed to six months in the US is TOO LOW. And five of the reasons on this list are the fault of formula companies. I honestly don’t know how those people live with themselves. 

The boobytraps

cosmicwolfmama:

Nursing out in nature! So magical ✨🌛🐷🌻#personal #bryn #breastfeeding #wolfmama #cosmicwolfmama

cosmicwolfmama:

Nursing out in nature! So magical ✨🌛🐷🌻#personal #bryn #breastfeeding #wolfmama #cosmicwolfmama

femmellie:

This is how he feeds now 😍

femmellie:

This is how he feeds now 😍

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Yaya Alafia Dacosta has joined the long line of celebrity mothers who are attempting to normalize nursing by posting photos of themselves breastfeeding on Instagram.

sunflower-mama:

🌿I believe in the good things comin’

sunflower-mama:

🌿I believe in the good things comin’

Apr 8
athene-numphe:

amandapalmer:

fact-tory:

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

smellyanne:

lookatthisfuckinradfem:

Well, you know…shit.

why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing

you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.

Why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks to care for a child (which is, as the previous comment states, in no way “doing nothing”)?
Allow me to answer that for you:
A study of 16 European countries from 1969-1994 found that “more generous paid leave is found to reduce deaths of infants and young children”; specifically, mathematical models found that
"a 10-week increase in paid leave is predicted to reduce infant mortality rates by between 2.5% and 3.4%,"
"a 10-week extension [in leave] is predicted to decrease post-neonatal deaths by 3.7 to 4.5% and child fatalities by 3.3 to 3.5%," and
"rights to a year of job-protected paid leave are associated with roughly a 20% decline in post-neonatal deaths and a 15% decrease in fatalities occurring between the first and fifth birthdays" (x)

A more recent study again of 16 European countries plus the USA and Japan found that “a 10-week extension in job-protected paid leave is predicted to decrease infant mortality rates, post-neonatal mortality rates, and child mortality rates by 2.6%, 4.1%, and 3%, respectively” but that these effects were not found if the leave was not job-protected or paid (x)
Women who receive pad leave are more likely to be employed, 54% more likely to report wage increases, and have a 39% lower likelihood of receiving public assistance and a 40% lower likelihood of receiving food stamps in the year after the child’s birth; men were also less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps if they received paid family leave (x)
"Maternity leave legislation in Europe effectively increases job protection and female labour market attachment" (x)
"An increase in leave duration is associated with a decrease in [post-partum] depressive symptoms until six months postpartum" (x)
"Shorter maternity leave (<12 weeks) was associated with higher maternal depression, lower parental preoccupation with the infant, less knowledge of infant development, more negative impact of birth on self-esteem and marriage, and higher career centrality" (x)
"Breastfeeding duration increased sharply, by over a month, and the proportion of mothers attaining the public health benchmark of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding increased by nearly 40% [after Canada increased the length of mandated paid maternity leave]" (x)
"Maternity leave led to small increases in birth weight, decreases in the likelihood of a premature birth, and substantial decreases in infant mortality for children of college-educated and married mothers, who were most able to take advantage of unpaid leave [in the US]" (x)
"Increased time with the child [due to mandated maternity leave in Norway] led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout and a 5% increase in wages at age 30" (x)
"Children whose mothers return to work early are less likely to receive regular medical checkups and breastfeeding in the first year of life, as well as to have all of their DPT/Oral Polio immunisations (in approximately the first 18 months of life)" and "children whose mothers return full-time within 12 weeks are more likely to have externalising behaviour problems at age 4" (x)
Does that about answer it?


i saw these statistics in one of the TED talks a few weeks ago.
depressing as fuck.
go USA.

I was just thinking about this. It’s why I support the FAMILY Act. But I think the FAMILY Act doesn’t go far enough. It should be 12 weeks paid at a high percent, another 12 weeks at 50%, and then the option of another 6 month at 0 pay. To start anyway. 

Oh and let’s not get into the lack of paternity leave as well!

athene-numphe:

amandapalmer:

fact-tory:

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

smellyanne:

lookatthisfuckinradfem:

Well, you know…shit.

why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing

you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.

Why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks to care for a child (which is, as the previous comment states, in no way “doing nothing”)?

Allow me to answer that for you:

  • A study of 16 European countries from 1969-1994 found that “more generous paid leave is found to reduce deaths of infants and young children”; specifically, mathematical models found that
    • "a 10-week increase in paid leave is predicted to reduce infant mortality rates by between 2.5% and 3.4%,"
    • "a 10-week extension [in leave] is predicted to decrease post-neonatal deaths by 3.7 to 4.5% and child fatalities by 3.3 to 3.5%," and
    • "rights to a year of job-protected paid leave are associated with roughly a 20% decline in post-neonatal deaths and a 15% decrease in fatalities occurring between the first and fifth birthdays" (x)
  • A more recent study again of 16 European countries plus the USA and Japan found that “a 10-week extension in job-protected paid leave is predicted to decrease infant mortality rates, post-neonatal mortality rates, and child mortality rates by 2.6%, 4.1%, and 3%, respectively” but that these effects were not found if the leave was not job-protected or paid (x)
  • Women who receive pad leave are more likely to be employed, 54% more likely to report wage increases, and have a 39% lower likelihood of receiving public assistance and a 40% lower likelihood of receiving food stamps in the year after the child’s birth; men were also less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps if they received paid family leave (x)
  • "Maternity leave legislation in Europe effectively increases job protection and female labour market attachment" (x)
  • "An increase in leave duration is associated with a decrease in [post-partum] depressive symptoms until six months postpartum" (x)
  • "Shorter maternity leave (<12 weeks) was associated with higher maternal depression, lower parental preoccupation with the infant, less knowledge of infant development, more negative impact of birth on self-esteem and marriage, and higher career centrality" (x)
  • "Breastfeeding duration increased sharply, by over a month, and the proportion of mothers attaining the public health benchmark of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding increased by nearly 40% [after Canada increased the length of mandated paid maternity leave]" (x)
  • "Maternity leave led to small increases in birth weight, decreases in the likelihood of a premature birth, and substantial decreases in infant mortality for children of college-educated and married mothers, who were most able to take advantage of unpaid leave [in the US]" (x)
  • "Increased time with the child [due to mandated maternity leave in Norway] led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout and a 5% increase in wages at age 30" (x)
  • "Children whose mothers return to work early are less likely to receive regular medical checkups and breastfeeding in the first year of life, as well as to have all of their DPT/Oral Polio immunisations (in approximately the first 18 months of life)" and "children whose mothers return full-time within 12 weeks are more likely to have externalising behaviour problems at age 4" (x)

Does that about answer it?

i saw these statistics in one of the TED talks a few weeks ago.

depressing as fuck.

go USA.

I was just thinking about this. It’s why I support the FAMILY Act. But I think the FAMILY Act doesn’t go far enough. It should be 12 weeks paid at a high percent, another 12 weeks at 50%, and then the option of another 6 month at 0 pay. To start anyway. Oh and let’s not get into the lack of paternity leave as well!