2013 had boobs in the news. For good or ill, breast feeding took center stage in some major debates. You might have caught some of these on the news but in case you didn't... here is a look back at boobs in the news.
There were many articles citing new studies on the positive health effects of breast feeding. I doubt I found them all but here are some of the highlights.
There was some interesting news out of the UK: A pilot program in the UK is offering shop vouchers to women who breast feed in an effort to increase breastfeeding in their population.
And, of course, there was the Pope. The Pope is breast feeding positive!
And now for the negatives because, yes, there were some. As long as breast feeding is not considered acceptable in modern society, we will always see articles like the following:
A woman was court ordered to stop breast feeding her 10 month old child so that the father could have overnight visitation rights. There are no words to adequately explain my digust at this one. Both the AAP and the WHO recommend nursing for well over 10 months (a year in the case of the AAP and a minimum of two years for the WHO). To think that a judge would go against medical practice in this way disturbs me greatly.
A woman summoned to jury duty was charged with contempt of court for bringing her nursing child with her due to lack of child care. The law in her state was later changed and thus her charges were dropped. Something to celebrate.
And then, of course, there is Facebook. Ahhhhhhhhh Facebook.. why do you hate babies so? I'd say you hated boobs but I can find a million pictures of barely covered mostly not legal boobs all over your pages. I've even reported some to be told that they did not go against your rules. But breastfeeding? You ban that ALL THE TIME.
In the last year Facebook has banned TWO major breast feeding support groups. Between the two there was over 8,000 members. 8,o00 women who either were giving support or needed support. The reason they were banned is still hazy. Facebook is also banning women who share breast feeding pictures (even though these pictures adhere to the Facebook policy for sharing breastfeeding pictures.) To read more about this please go HERE or HERE or over HERE. There are dozens of these stories circulating now. A simple google search will find you a few every time.
When Facebook has been called to the mat for these bans they have always apologized and claimed it was an 'error.' Well, the errors are now piling up and it seems that apologies are only issued when national news services pick up the story. That is not called correcting an error. That is called 'covering ones ass'.
Still, a new year is coming and times they are a-changin. In one state women can not be called to serve jury duty if they have a nurseling to care for. The Affordable Care Act changed the law for lactation in the office, insuring that women have a clean, private, non-bathroom place to pump for their children. The Michigan Senate voted to allow women to breast feed in public. Who knows what another year will bring us.
Have I missed an article on breast feeding that you feel should be included? Please let me know in the comments!