7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol 3.)

While I would love for my “7 Quick Takes” to have some sort of cohesiveness, it’s going to be pretty random today:

1.

I am acting as birth partner for a friend who’s husband is overseas and will not be here for the birth of their third child. Together, we are attending a childbirth class being taught by the woman my friend hired to be her doula. Between the two of us, we have 4 children in a room of first time parents-to-be. Let me tell you this: Every childbirth class could benefit from the presence of some moms who have given birth within the last 4 years, not just attended. I wish my first childbirth class was as comprehensive as this one is turning out to be.

2.

It has been six days with DH on the CPAP. And it’s fantastic! He’s waking up with more energy and much happier and I am getting more sleep too.

3.

Today is “Cow Appreciation Day” at Chik-Fil-A. If you dress like a cow, you get free food. Easy-Peasy. Now, will I dress my children like little Holsteins, Little Brown Swiss or Little Black Angus Cows for free chicken? Check back later to see.

4.

I read some sad news over at Blacktating today. IBCLC Nancy Mohrbacher has resigned from Ameda Breastfeeding Production because Ameda’s Parent Company, EvenFlo, has decided that it will NO LONGER follow WHO code for breastfeeding. So, while Ameda is WHO compliant, EvenFlo is not. Sad. That leaves Hygeia as a breastfeeding products company that is WHO Code compliant. All by itself.

5.

What’s the big deal about WHO code compliance and what is the WHO code you may wonder? In a nutshell: The WHO code for breastfeeding came about in the 1980s after public outcry from seeing images of malnourished bottle-fed babies in third-world countries. Mothers in theses countries were being encouraged by their physicians and formula marketing companies to forego breastfeeding for the more “modern” and “Western” way of feeding their children. From the book Attachment Parenting by Katie Alllison Ganju via breastfeeding.com:

New mothers were lured into giving birth in hospitals funded by infant formula manufacturers. Once there, these women were encouraged to offer their newborns bottles of formula. Mothers and babies were then sent home with a small “free” sample of the infant formula. By the time the supply ran out, the baby was refusing the breast, the mother’s own milk supply was diminished, and the typical, impoverished family was unable to pay for any more infant formula. These practices, combined with an unsanitary water supply, lack of sterilization and refrigeration facilities, and poor access to medical care, have conspired to kill millions of third-world babies each year, according to the WHO and UNICEF.

As a response the WHO code was developed with the intention that all nations would sign on. The world signed on to the WHO code in the early 80s, but the United States didn’t sign on until the mid 90s (I can’t seem to find why, but I would think that it would have to do with protecting the interests of business.) And while the United States eventually signed the Code, Formula Companies herein and who advertise here, are not Code compliant (Nestle is one of the biggest violators, if you have ever heard about the Nestle boycott.) The Code simply states that:

The Code (World Health Organization Publication WHO/MCH/NUT/90.1) says:

• NO advertising of breast-milk substitutes to the public.
• NO free samples to mothers.
• NO promotion of products in health-care facilities
• NO company “mothercraft” nurses to advise mothers.
• NO gifts or personal samples to health workers.
• NO words or pictures idealizing artificial feeding, including
pictures of infants on the products.
• Information to health workers should be scientific and factual.
• All information on artificial feeding, including the labels, should explain the benefits of breastfeeding, and the costs and
hazards associated with artificial feeding.
• Unsuitable products, such as condensed milk, should not be promoted for babies.
• All products should be of a high quality and take into account the climatic and storage conditions of the country where
they are used.

Pick up a magazine or go to a pre-natal doctor’s visit and you can see where the United States stands with respect to the WHO code of Breastfeeding.

6.

I encountered at least two examples this week of human breastmilk being called “disgusting, body fluids.” I wonder, what do these people think cow’s milk is?

7.

On the 4th, we were at a local festival and I was complaining to my husband about the shirtless men walking around and how I just don’t get how men can walk around without shirts (at all levels of fitness and hair-coverage) and no one bats an eye, but the minute a mother sits to breastfeed, call the cops because she’s exposing herself. (It makes me think of Mrs. LoveJoy from The Simpsons, “Won’t somebody please think of the children?!”) His reponse:

Get your friends together and work on sexualizing moobs (man-boobs) and body hair. That should change things!

Sigh.

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Head over to Conversion Diary to read more Quick Takes or to add your own!

Pax Christi!

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3 responses to “7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol 3.)

  1. What an interesting set of 7 Quck Takes! I had never read the WHO guidelines–I knew from our CCL teaching materials that WHO promotes breastfeeding exclusively for six months and continued for much longer, but I didn’t realize they had guidelines @ advertising & samples. Does anyone actually follow those? Imagine living in a country where they’re followed! Wow!

    Okay, I’ll knock off the !!!!!s now. 🙂 As for the “moobs”: Let’s find yet another way to dysfunctionalize our sexuality, shall we? (Eye roll.)

    Although I will say that I have never experienced anyone fussing at me for breastfeeding, nor have I ever witnessed it. Maybe that’s b/c I live in a left-leaning community?….

    • Hi Kathleen! Thanks for your comment! I’ve just started learning more and more about WHO and I’ve been breastfeeding for almost 4 years. WHO actually promotes BFing for 2 years, but as far as breastfeeding from a fertility standpoint, your cycle is usually suppressed until the child begins weaning (so once the child begins solids) and for most kids that’s around 6 months. It’s really amazing. And no worries about the “!!!” and I am a fan of the exclamation point!!

      Take Care!

  2. Karianna, I love your perspective on things. I don’t think I’ve read anything in depth about the WHO code since before I had kids. Now, reading the code from the perspective of a mother who’s given birth in an American hospital, read American pregnancy/parenting mags, and who goes down the baby aisle at the grocery, I’m aghast to read it anew!

    Laughing at #1. Glad you and your friend are providing the full educational experience!

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