Monday, May 23, 2011

Nurse-In Forest Park

What a day it has been. Got up around 7:30 and out the door with the kids by 9:00.After loading the van with a million and one things, food, toys, blankets, drinks, more toys, cloth diapers, wipes, 3 carriers. What did I think, I was gonna carry 3 kids around.

It amazed me to see so many people today. What a great feeling. There were older moms, younger moms, grandmothers, dads there holding signs and supporting breastfeeding. There was even an attorney in a suit with a breastfeeding shirt.

I got some pictures so here they are... Carson took a few

When we arrived there was already a pretty big group.

See the police officer to the right? Super nice man. He stayed with us the whole time.
I think the lady in the blue is from Channel 46, she interviewed the other lady in the blue that was sitting on the curb.
Every single news station was there. 2,5,11,46, and I even saw Star 94 (radio station)


@fit40four from  twitter to the right.





Council City Karen Williams & Attorney



My Body
My Baby
Our Choice






Walking to City Hall.



I'm thinking Carson took this one...nice tree.








Another one of Carsons~


This will be me when my kids are grown. Supporting Breastfeeding, and womens rights.


I'm not sure if thats ok. Having your glasses in your mouth John Parker probably needs to have a discussion with you.





No one should eat in the bathroom!


Twitter Family- @iamoffdachain & @fit40four


Well I did get to speak to John Parker not much was said on his part, alot on mine.

Me: John Parker I would like to ask you why you laughed at my husband when he called you about your new law.
JP: (blank stare)
Me: You said he was making a big deal out of it, and its not a big deal.
JP: no comment
then he opens the door and walks away but I'm not done
Me: You said your wife breastfed, what does she think about this?
then the door closes.

I was so pissed. Mad! If blood can boil mine was.

Then wsbtv wanted an interview. Which I did not want to do so mad. But I did.



And my little one- that I still breastfeed. He will be 2 in a couple of weeks.





And the 4 reasons why I went today ~







~News Stories~













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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Breastfeeding Law in Forest Park...

states no public breastfeeding if the childs over the age of 2. And compares breastfeeding to adult entertainment, nudity, and indecency. Click Here to read the article

I was appalled when I first heard it. Is there not more important issues to deal with in the city? Lets look at the crime rate in Forest Park- Whoa! Crime Rate is higher than the GA. average. Seems they have alot of burglaries, thefts,and robberies. And yet they are worried about "nudity" (nursing moms).


I would think they should focus on peoples safety and not at what age moms should stop breastfeeding in public. Whats next you can only breastfeed in public between the hours of 12-4?  Not to mention age discrimination. Its ok at 23 mos, but not at 25 mos.


I wonder what brought this on. Just when you think things are moving forward with breastfeeding they really aren't. It worries me, what will it be like when my little girl becomes a mommy. Will she be looked down on for doing whats best for baby? Will my boys be as supportive as their Dad? 
Educate your children about it, like you do everything else. 


Even if your children are grown and you no longer BF. Support Breastfeeding in public everywhere! Even if you chose not to BF, your child or children may choose too especially if they have moms support. :)


About Extended Breastfeeding which I assume is after a year.


Lets see what The AAP says:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that "Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child... Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother... There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer."

The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that breastfeeding continue throughout the first year of life and that "As recommended by the WHO, breastfeeding should ideally continue beyond infancy, but this is not the cultural norm in the United States and requires ongoing support and encouragement. It has been estimated that a natural weaning age for humans is between two and seven years. Family physicians should be knowledgeable regarding the ongoing benefits to the child of extended breastfeeding, including continued immune protection, better social adjustment, and having a sustainable food source in times of emergency. The longer women breastfeed, the greater the decrease in their risk of breast cancer." They also note that "If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned."

The World Health Organization emphasizes the importance of nursing up to two years of age or beyond

(Thank you http://www.kellymom.com/)

~Breastfeeding is what mammals are meant to do.  We human mammals shouldn’t have to defend or justify this instinctive, and biologically normal act.~

What can you do?

Send an email to each and every one of these people

jparker@forestparkga.org
aredding@forestparkga.org
 jyoung@forestparkga.org
 ward2forwilliams@att.net
 maudiemccord@bellsouth.net
fpkcitycouncilward5@yahoo.com

http://forestparkga.org/mayor-city-council.aspx

Or give them a call (404) 366-1555
Sign this petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/repeal-breastfeeding-restrictions-in-forestpark-ga/

What day would be good for a Nurse in~ http://www.twiigs.com/poll/Health/Women%27s_Health/76750
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Callaway Gardens

Our first trip to Callaway Gardens. We had a blast.





Theres so much to do and see there like

turtles on a log

butterflies in a garden

birds in trees




It was so quiet and peaceful ...



Well it was until we got there.



Definetly will have to go back on a weekend.


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21 months old

and still breastfeeding.

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