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My honor student was breast-fed, etc. April 6, 2007

I don’t talk about my Cafe Press store – Attached At The Hip – here very often, but I did want to share a few new things that I have going on there these days.

I am now offering a new bumper sticker – “My honor student was breast-fed.” There was a recent discussion on “The Lactivist” about a Dr. Phil episode where wet nursing and breast-feeding were discussed (negatively unfortunately) and a commenter came up with the saying and said someone should put it on a bumper sticker. So I took that liberty and hope others will as well. It’s a great, fun saying!

My honor student was breast-fed

In other news, many of my designs are now available in women’s plus sizes (16/18-32/34) – like the ever-popular “I make milk. What’s your superpower?”. If you see a design in the store that’s not in plus sizes yet, shoot me an email and I will take care of it.

If you haven’t been by the store lately, please check it out. There are a variety of shirts offered now (both short and long sleeve and in different colors). And always, if you have an idea for something attachment parenting/natural family living-related you’d like to see on a shirt, send me an email. Thanks! 🙂


7 Responses to “My honor student was breast-fed, etc.”

  1. Amy Says:

    Love the new bumper sticker idea! 🙂
    I saw Dr. Phil last night and breastfeeding in itsself was not mentioned negatively, but the wet nursing was. It creeped Dr. Phil out that a baby could be passed around from woman to woman.

    I say if that’s what you want to do, (either be the wet nurse or give another mom’s breastmilk to your own child) it’s certainly not harmful – if you know the wet nurse has no diseases like HIV – and I support those who choose that. But it’s not what’s embraced by mainstream America, which is Dr. Phil’s targeted audience. I think it might even be a rather fringe activity (not many people being wet nurses) and to cover the topic seems to be pointless – just to get a reaction out of the audience.

  2. amygeekgrl Says:

    thanks amy. 🙂
    and thanks for your take on the show. jennifer at “the lactivist” had a transcript of the show on her site which i read (which is where i got that there was anti-breastfeeding sentiment going on). while i agree that they were mostly talking about wet nursing, there were some comments made that were anti-breastfeeding in general. it seemed like dr. phil was a little too concerned with the sexual aspect of breasts and not their real function – to provide nourishment. and from what i read, the only benefit they mentioned regarding breastfeeding was the mother/child bonding. they didn’t say anything about the numerous health benefits to both baby and mom. it seemed like there was a lot of ignorance from these supposedly educated doctors.

    also, one of them mentioned milk banks, but from what i understand, you need a doctor’s prescription to get milk from a milk bank. and if a mom had an emergency and couldn’t breastfeed her child, she certainly wouldn’t have time to go get milk from a milk bank, ya know?

    i think that the women who would consider using wet nurses in our society probably know the woman they would be using quite well. i can’t imagine they would just take their baby to any neighbor who was also breastfeeding as dr. phil seemed to imply.

    personally, i wouldn’t have a problem nursing a good friend or relative’s baby if they had an emergency and needed someone to feed the child (if the child didn’t take a bottle or whatever). and i would hope that one of my friends or relatives would do the same for my child if the need ever arose. 🙂

  3. K Says:

    i love it! i don’t watch TV so i didn’t see this show, but the bumper sticker’s great! And i hadn’t been to your CafePress store. Fantastic!!

  4. Amy Says:

    Agreed, Amy. I also believe that wet nursing was far more common in the days before formula where a baby HAD to get its nourishment from breastmilk. So if a mom couldn’t produce, she’d pay someone else to ensure her child get fed. It’s a sign of the changing times…

  5. Liesl Says:

    I haven’t seen Dr. Phil all that much, but the times I have he seems to be a bit judgmental and punitive, especially when it comes to parenting issues. I guess it works for his family and clients, but I’m not comfortable with negatively judging parenting decisions, especially when I’ve never been in the parents’ shoes. I’m pretty sure Dr. Phil has never breastfed a baby, so I’m not sure he should be judging wet-nursing. But it’s his show, I guess.

    I have to get over to your store – I need some nursing-friendly apparel for LLL meetings 🙂

  6. Bluegoddess Says:

    I just wanted to stop by and say hi. I have been really busy trying to get my online store in order. So I hope you understand. Anyway I am glad to see that you are doing well as usual. I will hopefully write something on bluegoddess in the near future.

    Blessed Be.

  7. antropologa Says:

    Ugh, it’s so frustrating when public figures say such dumb things about an important topic. Dr. Phil’s happy he wasn’t breastfed? What an idiot.

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