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Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Ingrid Wiese Hesson’s birthday discount from Anthropologie was burning a hole in her pocket. So she packed up her six-week-old son and headed over to the store in Beverly Hills. It was her first postpartum shopping trip, and it was a fruitful one — all told, she loaded up on more than $700 worth of nursing-friendly clothes, E! Online reports. The new mom was all smiles leaving the register when her baby began crying. He was hungry.
What she did next — find a chair toward the back of the nearly empty store, slip on a nursing cover and feed her baby — was perfectly acceptable. After all, California law allows moms to breastfeed in public. But the store’s staff felt otherwise and escorted the humiliated mom to the stock room bathroom, which offered only a toilet as a seat. The manager’s reasoning? “I thought you and the other customers would be more comfortable off the sales floor,” she allegedly told Hesson later, adding “we must be fair to all the customers, not just moms.”
Understandably enraged, Hesson walked out and wrote a terse email to management; the corporate office responded with a post on its Facebook page that disavowed what the manager told Hesson and promised to improve staff training and education. But that, apparently, wasn’t enough to assuage Hesson. She tapped into the frustrations of nursing moms everywhere who’ve been shamed while feeding al fresco and staged a breastfeeding sit-in at the store. “100+ women Breastfeeding at the Beverly Hills Anthropologie!!! Mommy strong! Refuse to move! Know your rights!!” she wrote on her Facebook page.
While I literally applauded Hesson after reading about her awesome comeback, her experience at Anthropologie is just the latest in a long string of incidents where nursing moms are coaxed — or sometimes forced — into feeding their baby in private, usually in a crowded back room or hovering above a public toilet. This is despite the fact that a woman’s right to breastfeed in public or private is protected by law in 46 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. What galls me most is that nursing moms aren’t whipping out their breasts to shock and awe the public; they’re simply trying to feed their hungry children. It’s not some excuse to go all Bourbon Street in the the middle of the day; it’s a part of the job description. (And I don’t know about you, but some days it did feel like a job.)
My colleague Erika Rasmusson Janes recently wrote a great piece that questioned why people are making such a big deal out of seeing a mom with a baby latched on to her breast. After all, she wrote, ”breastfeeding in public is not immoral, indecent, or obscene. It’s not something that should be relegated to dirty public restrooms (or even clean ones, for that matter. Breast milk isn’t bodily waste, after all.)” So while it’s great when corporations offer up apologies, like Anthropologie did here, what breastfeeding moms need more is the freedom to do what they need to do — without all the judgment.
Tell us: Have you tried to breastfeed in public? How did it go?
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Image of sit-in courtesy of Ingrid Wiese Hesson via Facebook
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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
On any given day, my Facebook news feed is a mix of the mundane (friends checking in at restaurants), the cryptic (screen shots of inspirational messages), the trendy (ice bucket challenge videos), and the tragic (mourning the loss of journalist James Foley).
Oh yeah, and lots and lots of babies. My nearest and dearest are diligent about recording every moment of their children’s lives and posting them all online. As much as I enjoy watching their kiddos grow up, I have no intention of reciprocating with pictures of my own son. Other than a few shots from three years ago, my social media accounts are purposely baby-free.
Turns out, I’m not the only one whose wall is missing posts about the family. As the AP reports, more parents are making efforts to keep their baby’s photos, name, and identity offline as part of a growing movement called “baby blackout.” The reasons why some moms and dads are consciously uncoupling from social media are varied: Many are concerned about privacy and safety breaches, while some are uneasy about what sites like Facebook and Instagram — or their users — could do with all that personal information. Still others believe in holding off creating an online footprint until their child is old enough to consent to it.
But baby blackouts are still the exception, not the rule. According to a 2011 study cited in the article, a whopping 66 percent of Gen X parents said they upload photos of their kiddos, while more than 50 percent said they spread the word about their child’s accomplishments over social media. And hey, I get it: posting something on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram is fast, efficient, and fun to boot. It’s a way to bridge the miles between you and distant friends and family.
Still, I’m firmly in the blackout camp. I’ve been working in the digital space for years now and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the stuff we put online doesn’t vanish easily. Even though sites like Facebook let you determine privacy settings to an extent, they’re also notorious for changing those settings without much notice, leaving previously protected content open for all the world to see. They’re also less than open about how they’re collecting and using our data, which makes me more than a little uncomfortable. While it’s not the end of the world if a friend of a friend stumbles across a photo of my child at soccer practice, why would I run the risk of it ending up in the wrong hands? My son has the rest of his life to create an online footprint — for now, I’m content keeping him unplugged.
Tell us: What kind of information do you share about your baby online?
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Image of woman on cell phone courtesy of Shutterstock.
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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Jersey Shore alum JWoww has never been one to shy away from sharing personal details with us, especially when it comes to her pregnancy. She was brutally honest about her epic case of morning sickness. Then there was the time she gave herself frostbite while treating her sciatica – and posted the graphic photos to prove it. And when daughter Meilani Alexandra was born five weeks ago, the reality star sent the world a birth announcement by way of a family photo spread in In Touch.
So it should surprise no one that JWoww (real name, Jenni Farley) was just as candid about her experience in the delivery room. At the time she kept it short and sweet, saying her labor was “way more painful” than she expected. But on Monday, she went into more detail about it with HuffPost Live, the Daily Mail reports. “Dude, my birth was like god awful! Okay, I had an epidural, I went to bed, then the epidural wore off and when it wore off I was freaking out,” she said.
“I became 10 centimeters dilated and she was out in six to seven minutes, so I had what’s called rapid delivery,” she added. “So from four to 10 centimeters in less than an hour she was out. She, like, walked out, ran out, took everything with her.”
If a so-called “rapid delivery” doesn’t sound that bad, consider this: Farley felt every single moment of those six or seven minutes, which, when you’re delivering a baby, might as well be a lifetime. “It was the worst pain in the world,” she said. So small wonder the first-time mom is scared to get pregnant again. “I’m not going to have sex for another year or two,” she told HuffPost Live. (No word on whether fiance Roger Mathew is into this plan.)
Still, talk of baby number two has been going strong since Farley was pregnant with Meilani, and the couple has made no secret of their desire to expand their brood. If they decide against adoption — something they told Life & Style they’re open to — it sounds like Farley will do whatever it takes to avoid another nightmare birth story. She said if she get’s pregnant, “I’m going to literally have my anesthesiologist next to me from beginning to end, like, pumping me full. I cannot take that pain.”
Tell us: Are labor and delivery pains keeping you from having another child?
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Image of JWoww and Meilani courtesy of Jenni Farley via Instagram
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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Holy Batman! Christian Bale has welcomed a son into the family, reports People. Best known for his portrayal as the Dark Knight in director Chris Nolan’s trilogy, Bale also has a 9-year-old daughter with his wife, Sibi Blazic.
The notoriously private actor never announced his wife’s pregnancy; instead, she was spotted with a baby bump earlier this year at the Academy Awards. Bale was nominated in the Best Actor category for American Hustle, a film directed by David O. Russell, who also directed The Fighter, for which Bale won the Best Supporting Actor Award in 2010.
Bale is so private that he has also never announced or confirmed his daughter’s name — though she’s often referred to as Emmeline — so it won’t be a surprise if he never announces a name for his son. However, the actor is a devoted family man — in a 2010 interview with Esquire, Bale revealed, “Look, I’ve got incredible pride for my family. I’ve absolutely fallen into that cliché of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly.”
Congratulations to the second-time dad!
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Image: Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic at The Dark Knight Rises premiere via Shutterstock
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Monday, August 18th, 2014
Christina Aguilera has a new reason to sing: Her baby girl was born Saturday in Los Angeles, according to People.com. “So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world,” the Grammy award-winning singer tweeted earlier.
This is the first child for Aguilera and fiancé Matt Rutler; she has a 6-year-old son, Max Liron, from her previous marriage to Jordan Bratman.
Summer Rain’s arrival is a high point in what has already been an exciting year for The Voice coach. On Valentine’s Day, she and Rutler announced their engagement. A week later, Aguilera shared news of her pregnancy, and in March she revealed she was having a girl. By all accounts, pregnancy clearly agrees with the pop star. She has described it as “very easy and enjoyable” and seems to have no qualms about the physical changes pregnancy brings (see: her nude photo in V magazine and the recently released photo of the star putting headphones over her bump, right).
Congratulations to the happy family!
Tell us: What do you think of the name Christina Aguilera chose for her daughter?
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Image of Christina Aguilera courtesy of Christina Aguilera via Instagram
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