Breastfeeding Week 2017

Photograph Australian artist Joy Hester nursing her son Sweeney. In the background can be seen a painting by 'Professor' Henry Tipper (Harold Deering), a trick cyclist and amateur painter whose work was discovered and promoted by Albert Tucker. Shot in 1945, the photo is in the public domain.

Photograph Australian artist Joy Hester nursing her son Sweeney. In the background can be seen a painting by ‘Professor’ Henry Tipper (Harold Deering), a trick cyclist and amateur painter whose work was discovered and promoted by Albert Tucker. Shot in 1945, the photo is in the public domain.

It’s time to celebrate breastfeeding with World Breastfeeding Week between Aug. 1 and 7, 2017. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing a mother and child can do. And yet it’s shunned in many parts of the world. Mothers have been threatened and fired and even injured for wanting to take good care of their babies.

Breastfeeding is important for nourishment and the immune system and the bond it forms between mother and child. Even men can build a better relationship with a child held to their bare chest as skin-to-skin contact is critically important to a developing infant.

Learn more about breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week at http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/.

See also “The 111 Benefits of Breastfeeding – For Babies, Moms & Everyone Else.”  This has some commercial links, but most of the links are to information from the United States Government.

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Brother and Sister Plan to Have a Baby Together

‘I’m going to have a baby with my sister, and we couldn’t be more excited.’

Chalk that headline up as another one that’s not quite what you might think it is but gets attention.

“Funnily enough, there’s actually nothing remotely incestuous about my sister and I planning to have a baby together,” said Australian Samuel Leighton-Dore.  Samuel identifies as gay, and he and his partner Bradley Tennant wanted to have a child with both of their genes.  As science isn’t yet quite up to converting sperm into eggs, Samuel’s sister Bronte is providing the egg.  They plan to have someone else be the surrogate mother.

In spite of the planned non-incestual arrangement, this is already stirring up controversy not only about incest but about the option of adoption.  While we aren’t experts on Australian laws on children, biologically it seems Samuel may essentially be adopting his sister’s biological child.

In any case, we wish them and any future children well.

See the Facebook page here and read more there..

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/08/04/samuel-leighton-dore-baby_n_11333708.html

Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder

Lizzie Velasquez was born with an extremely rare medical condition that keeps her body from storing fats. In addition to being severely underweight, she is also blind in one eye. She was cyberbullied but stood up for herself. You can too!

Are you beautiful? Believe you are and you are.

People who are hurting want to hurt others. Don’t do it because it won’t make you feel any better.

Lizzie Velasquez, who is blind in one eye and has a condition where her body doesn’t store fat, was cyberbullied. But she stood up to it and has wonderful ideas how you can too. She’s great at TEDxYouth@Austin Be free to be beautiful!

21 Lessons From Lizzie Velasquez, Who Is Actually Amazingly Beautiful

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Breastfeeding Two Girls is Beautiful

Chelsea Craig, the mother in the images, is shown breastfeeding her two daughters, Addy and Emilynn, in photos taken by professional maternity photographer Mae Burke.

Photos of a mother breastfeeding her two daughters is going viral. The photos taken by Mae Burke show Chelsea Craig breastfeeding her little girls Addy and Emilynn.

Some people are upset because you can see her breasts, including her nipples in some shots, and some people are upset because one of her daughters is no longer a toddler. Well guess what? Breasts don’t have an expiration date. There’s no warning saying when you’re supposed to stop using them. And whoever decided women’s chests are sexy and men’s aren’t was probably a heterosexual man. Let’s get over ageism and sexism and let life be beautiful.

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PeTA Wiki Begins

The PETA Wiki (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has sat virtually empty and idle for years. But now it’s growing!

I, Miley Spears, recently adopted and rebooted the site at peta.wikia.com. There’s not much there yet, so you can get in on the ground floor!

It isn’t a site for rants (except on your talk page). It’s for spreading and sharing information about PETA and other animal rights organizations, animals and animals rights, activists and causes.

If you want to help create a new Wiki for animals rights, sign up! If you’re already a wiki editor, you probably already have an account (uncylopedia.wikia.com and a few other wikis use a different system). If you don’t have a wikia account, get one for free!

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Is Same Sex Marriage Legal in Alabama?

Photo by Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany. This file is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

“Days after a federal judge in Alabama ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who want their marriage recognized, the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court has sent a letter telling the governor that federal courts don’t have jurisdiction over what constitutes a marriage in Alabama.”

Judges can’t seen to agree. While there’s a debate in Alabama the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a major case that could change everything one way or the other.

But it’s still a major development that Alabama which is as Bible Belt as you can get has allowed same-sex marriage.

Things are changing fast! I would tell the court “Don’t make laws against love!”

The quote is from Alabama Chief Justice: Federal Courts Don’t Hold Sway On Marriage

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There’s nothing indecent about feeding a hungry baby

Cover girl Olivia Wilde said, “There’s nothing indecent about feeding a hungry baby.” And there isn’t.  She told Glamour, “Breastfeeding is the most natural thing,” and “I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast.”

This is World Breastfeeding Week. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and WHO and UNICEF are supporting it in 175 countries.

But America wants women to hide what’s totally natural. Some places insist mothers feed their babies in the restroom. Would you want them forcing you to eat there?

Support breast feeding and stop forcing babies to feed on the toilet!

https://www.yahoo.com/health/olivia-wildes-breastfeeding-photo-causes-a-stir-93893024387.html

http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

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Eight Reasons to Have Sex — or Not

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The Kiss by Francesco Hayez

“Are you ready to have sex? Nobody can answer that question for you. It’s your body, your life, your decision. But here are eight reasons for having sex you might want to think about first….”

If you’re a virgin or know someone who is, check out my newest article for Yahoo! here.

http://voices.yahoo.com/eight-reasons-sex-not-to-12711442.html

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DOMA is Defeated

Today the United States Supreme Court declared the so-called Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The monumental decision on the controversial 1996 law was made not surprisingly by vote of 5-4.

While the primary focus on DOMA has been that the federal government refused the rights of same-sex couples, there’s another major issue. Marriage has traditionally been the province of states, not the federal government. There’s been a continuing battle between Washington and states over power, ranging from the federal government withholding highway funds from states that set speed limits they did not like to arresting medical personnel who legally prescribed marijuana.

In this case, same-sex couples could get married if their state allowed it, but could not get benefits given to other married couples. This put both their relationship and the rights of their children into serious legal doubt.

But now that the court declared that DOMA violated the Fifth Amendment, the battle will certainly continue within the states.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/supreme-court-doma-decision_n_3454811.html

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