Ah, junk mail! I was looking through a catalog for new baby gear and came across a “nursing cover”. It describes the product: “Nurse privately even in public! This stylish nursing cover is contoured and generously sized to fit securely around mom and baby for hands-free nursing coverage” $36.
I’m saddened at the cultural constraints placed on breastfeeding women in the Western world. Breast-feeding without a nursing cover is more comfortable, more intimate, and less expensive. I think one reason we are encouraged to cover our breasts while feeding is that our culture is uncomfortable with the duality of women’s breasts as both sexual body parts and body parts that provide nourishment to our babies.
The United States is 28th on the list of safest countries in which to be a new mother. More midwives for low-risk births would do a lot to help our standing. Here is an interesting article from the New York Times.
We had our first Childbirth Education class with Jane Austin this week. Seeing as how we know so few people in San Francisco and how so few of those are pregnant, it was really nice to sit with and talk to other people who are finding themselves in a similar place in life. Check out some of my favorite childbirth education books too.
I’m David, and I copyedit this website for my wife, Kate. We have a rabbit named Bunners and a baby on the way. We’re learning just how stressful it can be to get ready for a new mouth to feed and the changes in our work schedules that our new little one will bring. We started using Mint.com a little over a year ago, and it’s been a really easy (and free) way to make a budget, see where all our money is going and evaluate what changes we can make. All the colors and charts kinda make it like a video game I don’t feel guilty playing!
I’m currently listening to: Rafter – Animal Feelings