What?Â You need something besides boobs?Â How did I ever manage?
Sorry for the cheap shot, I know that information smooths-the-way for many activities,Â as well as thatÂ breastfeeding isÂ notÂ a homeschool-specific topic,Â but jeez-louise.
- UCLA Center for Healthier Children Breastfeeding Resource ProgramÂ Â Â Â
The UCLA Breastfeeding Resource Program was established in 1996 and supports CHCFC’s mission of fostering interdisciplinary, collaborative research and service programs focusing on children and family health services and systems, and providing technical assistance to policymakers, community-based health and related service organizations and researchers. The primary goal of the Breastfeeding Resource Program is to increase the numbers of U.S. women who breastfeed their children and to extend the duration of breastfeeding in order to maximize the health, developmental and economic benefits important for all family members and society at large.
I ‘get’ the part about the difficulty of maintaining the integrity of a nursing couple when one half of the couple is at work and the other half is in daycare, and I understand our modern need to have anything and everything scientifically provenÂ one way or the other (mothersÂ having lactated after giving birth since forever not being reason enough),Â but this is over the top.
Not only is this sort of thingÂ way weird (although with aphrodisiacs advertised on tv — watch out for the four-hour limit! –Â who’s to judge?), it’sÂ a day late and a dollar short.Â When I worked at a U.S. Army civilian personnel office in Germany in the mid-1970s, my German co-worker, Ulrike, was given time off to go home and nurse her new son at lunch.Â This was after six months (ifÂ my memory is accurate)Â of maternity leave.Â Twenty years later, UCLA figures out breastfeeding is important for the babies ofÂ new mothers who are working.
I’m all for nursing babies (and walked the talk — or rather, sat the talk, twins included), but in the midst of researching oversight of children and families — and looking at another documentÂ linked fromÂ the publications portion of the UCLA National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy site, Framing Early Childhood DevelopmentÂ — this ‘breastfeedingÂ resource program’Â just has an awful smell to it.
- Projects of the UCLA Breastfeeding Resource Program are designed to help reach this goal. One such project â€“ the National Breastfeeding Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C in November 1998 developed a national policy agenda and disseminated the reports on national priorities that provided the foundation for the Surgeon General’s Blueprint for Action and the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee’s Strategic Plan for Breastfeeding.
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee?Â Ai, yi, yi.Â (to get to the first La Leche League link, I had to drill down four pages)
Looks like it’s time to break out Gabrielle Palmer’s The Politics of Breastfeeding.Â You know thatÂ a majorÂ university and the governmentÂ didn’t mount this kind of campaign just because tits are for kids.