I love being a part of conversations in which people can openly and honestly discuss where their food comes from.
With that being said, Alicia Silverstone is currently showing up in headlines because of an announcement she made on her blog, The Kind Life:
“….because we are a community of beautiful souls who recognize the importance of food as health, I say we help support those mamas and babies who need a hand during one of the most important times in their lives. It’s why I’m starting the Kind Mama Milk Share, a way for moms to connect with other moms in their area. If you have milk to share–post it! If you are in need of milk–post it! Think of all the babies we can help raise together!”
I instantly knew how I felt about it, but I wanted to test out the story on Facebook first. Honestly, I personally had never heard of a “milk bank” before today.
Fortunately, I only received positive, insightful feedback. A Dadabase reader named Sarah perfectly summarized my feelings on the subject:
“Good for her! There are a number of groups like this already. Human Milk 4 Human Babies is one example. It is interesting that the same folks who are squeamish about milk donation, never bat an eye about the consumption of milk from an entirely different species. I understand the concern for transmitting disease, that would be my only hesitation. But isn’t there a risk of disease from formula feeding as well?
If I wasn’t able to breastfeed my kids, for whatever reason, I’d consider it. If I had a surplus of milk in my freezer, I’d much rather see it go to good use! Coming from someone who pumped exclusively for 12 months, it is devastating to throw away.”
Whenever a story goes viral, I always like to figure out why. My initial thought was that there must be strong criticism against Alicia Silverstone’s announcement. Instead, it seems the story is growing in popularity because so many people can relate, or are at least intrigued by it.
As I’ve been reading through the comments on Alicia Silverstone’s blog, I see a sanctuary of positive feedback. Something I didn’t consider was how this subject relates to adoption.
My friend Angela shared with me her story on Facebook, regarding adoption:
“This has been in the front of my mind as of late. I was able to breastfeed all 3 of my babies. However, as we are shifting to fostering babies I am stocking formula and attending WIC meetings. Ugh. It would be amazing to be able to give these little ones breast milk but obviously this mobile milk machine is not accessible for them. This is very intriguing to me.”
Like I said, I love being a part of conversations in which people can openly and honestly discuss where their food comes from. I have found that’s not always so easy. In fact, I’m working on a story right now called “Never Talk About Politics, Religion, Or Peoples’ Food,” which points out this fact.
However, it seems that Alicia Silverstone is making a lot of people happy by engaging them and spreading her good ideas to them about Kind Mama Milk Share.
It’s nice to see something so good go without criticism.
My wife Jill is one of those girls who keeps things very clean and organized. Now that I’ve been married to her for nearly 4 years, I have become a lot like her in that way.
Though for me, it’s more about keeping things feng shui.
And sure enough, without a doubt, our son has taken notice.
I suppose the theory on how my son reminds me of a baby bartender is that Jill would let him play with a moist diaper wipe while changing his diaper.
After having had observed her wiping off the counters every night after prepping dinner, Jack realized he could use his “toy” diaper wipe to help clean up around the house.
All it took was finding the perfect sized counter top for him to be able to wipe off: Our “coffee table,” which is actually intended to go outdoors on a patio but we found it on clearance and decided it can get the job done.
During his playtime, cleaning our coffee table has become one of his official activities that he enjoys doing. Last Saturday, I was sitting down in our living room watching him wipe it down when he casually, yet intently, came over to me and “washed” my back. Twice.
As he enjoyed his newest playtime activity, the theme song to Cheers started playing in my head. I couldn’t help but realize how much Jack’s demeanor resembled that of a token bartender on a classic TV show.
I especially feel that way when I look at the picture of him to the right. It looks like he has his sleeves rolled up, showing off his muscles.
As I allow the fantasy story line to unfold, I imagine another toddler walking up to Jack’s bar:
Jack says, “What’ll it be, a Baby Brewsky?”
His customer replies, “Nah, I’ll take a Milk & Scotch… hold the Scotch.”
But seriously, I’m digging the fact that my son actually likes cleaning; at such an early age, too.
Makes me wonder what else we can teach him to clean.
I grew up drinking skim milk; so did my wife. However, as of last summer we switched to whole milk. Why? Because despite contrary popular belief, low-fat milk is not healthier than whole milk. And I can prove it.
Last May, I read an article in Details magazine called “Is Skim Milk Making You Fat?“ It presented evidence from a study that showed how drinking skim or 2 % milk, as opposed to whole, actually causes people to be more likely to gain weight. Why?
Low-fat milk is more processed than whole- as the word “whole” naturally implies. When the fat is removed or reduced from the milk, so go the nutrients from that fat. Therefore, those who drink low-fat milk tend to feel “less full” and therefore consume more calories elsewhere.
It seemed too radical to be true. So what did I do last May? I switched to whole milk, after only drinking skim my whole life. After 30 days, I wanted to see if I had gained or lost any weight.
I documented this science experience on my personal blog website, both before and after. The funny thing is, during that month, I ended up doubling the amount of milk I drank each day, because it tasted so much better with the extra fat (and nutrients.)
The results? I didn’t gain or lose a pound. (And no, I’m not one of those people who can eat whatever they want and never gain any weight. That was only in high school for me.)
My weight stayed virtually the exact same after the 30 day switch. After seeing the results, or lack thereof, my wife switched to whole milk as well.
So are you the least bit curious? Are you tempted to switch to whole milk now? If you do, then you yourself can be the cool person who gets to drop the knowledge on your friends that no, drinking whole milk doesn’t make you less healthy.