3.02.2005

And what's the deal with breastfeeding?

Last night, Anna told me we need to get a "breastfeeding coach." Quit laughing, boys. She was serious. Apparently, breastfeeding is often a difficult, unpleasant experience. I'd assumed that most women choose not to breastfeed because it's incredibly inconvenient, possibly even embarrassing. Anna informed me that high rate of attrition is just as likely due to the enormous difficulty of breastfeeding. Thus, the coach. So, as long as we're sharing stories, anyone got one about a breastfeeding coach?

5 Comments:

Blogger Critical Mess said...

I have been informed that the proper term is "lactation consultant." No disrespect intended.

11:16 AM  
Blogger MommaS said...

Well, I'm still breastfeeding a 8 months, so I'm going to consider myself a pro. Any questions? Call or write. As far as I'm concerned now, my boobs are public information! I did not make it to a breastfeeding class, but we (and I include Chris & Colton in this) persevered. It can be challenging, but it is SO WORTH IT!!

S

11:27 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Dave used to be a tireless wage slave, cutting cards, talking theory until the sun came up, multiple smoke breaks. Then, as the crack of dawn advances and the Texas sun began its daily assault, he'd mutter the amusing Dunkin' Donuts catch phrase, "Time to make the doughnuts," as we'd trudge off to teach or forage or whatever.

Now I see that DD has axed the "TTMTD" man just as DB has upgraded to boob-milk coaches and disposible Western luxury items. Gone, gone are the days of Fugazi hardcore. Now it's less Thurston Moore and more Thurston Howell III.

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But the looming specter of Starbucks—and Rosenberg's retirement in 1988—heralded a new era for the doughnut house. Piece by piece, Dunkin' Donuts shed its blue-collar trappings. An early company icon, Fred the Baker—who tirelessly rose in the wee hours and declared, "Time to make the doughnuts"—was pink-slipped in 1997. The 50-year-old "dunkin' donut," which came with a handle for dipping in coffee, and was itself an emblem of proletariat manners, had disappeared from most stores by 2003. Meanwhile, to its array of coffee and doughnuts, Dunkin' Donuts added a wide-ranging "espresso platform" and a Starbucks Frappuccino knock-off called the Coolatta.

http://slate.msn.com/id/2114265/

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Does the UT have a stipend for breast feeding grad assistants?

3:46 PM  
Blogger Jolie said...

Here's the deal. when you go to the lactation classes--they lie!!!!! it is out and out propaganda. when you watch films at the classes, you are shown babies that are 8 weeks old, not newborns, latching on so very nicely. i'm all in favor of breastfeeding, but people also need to be told the truth (oh, they "say" it takes work--but the image belies the reality) do you need a consultant? yes, there will be one (or several) provided for you at the hospital. we had one (a person who taught the class) who was barely intelligible. we had others who were great.

4:25 PM  

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