New Organization Formed to Support Breastfeeding, and Other Tidbits

By Rachel Walden |

FirstRight is a new grassroots breastfeeding advocacy group with the following stated core values:

  • Breastfeeding is a normal, natural, healthy part of skilled and loving parenting.
  • Every mother has the right to breastfeed her child in private or public without being subjected to discriminatory actions or harassment.
  • A breastfeeding mother should not be interfered with or intruded upon as she is feeding her child.

FirstRight plans to gather reports of discrimination against breastfeeding women, work to education businesses about breastfeeding rights, and push for legislative action on this issue. Breastfeeding 1-2-3 has suggestions for the group on strategies for becoming successful.

Also related to women and children, Women’s eNews reports that donations have been pouring in to the U.N. Population Fund to support maternal health initiatives in the wake of the Bush administration’s refusal to release allocated funding to the agency. The UNFPA now allows individuals to make donations online to support their global work.

Finally, a piece in today’s LA Times explores outside influences on pregnancy, including food concerns and exposure to environmental toxins.

Weird news of the day:
-A Department of Defense spending bill will include $138 million for breast cancer research programs.
-A women’s health institute at Texas Tech University has been renamed for Laura Bush.

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