Thursday, November 29, 2007


Last week, Sam woke in the middle of the night with a shriek, followed by a cry. Since this is an unusual event for him, I immediately jumped out of bed and went to him. As I lifted him from his crib with one hand, the other hand started pulling up my shirt to nurse him. I actually had to stop and remind myself that the two of us don't do that anymore. Somehow it just seemed right in that moment.

If you told me three years ago that I would exclusively breastfeed two children for six months apiece, and then continue to nurse the firstborn well into my second pregnancy, I doubt I would have believed you. If you mentioned that I considered tandem nursing (for about 3.2 seconds) I would have laughed in your face. But something happened to me during that first instant Sam latched on. It was like one of my body's true functions was realized.

Breastfeeding is natural. It is not sexual. However, the folks over at YouTube seem to be confused about this issue. They've banned the League of Maternal Justice Breastfeeding Montage Video due to inappropriate content. Julie and Kristen are working hard to get this issue resolved, so help to support then by getting the word out. How? Here's what they suggest:

1. Email congressional reps (link to - enter your zip, and it returns all three addresses/home pages for your location) and Parliament members (link to - enter your postal code, and it returns addresses/home pages of Parliament members) and ask them to tell YouTube/Google that removal of the video is socially and legally unacceptable.

2. Create a short video (not breastfeeding) that is tagged and titled "Message to YouTube" (feel free to include any other tags, including League of Maternal Justice, Breastfeeding, Health, etc). and tell them what you think about this. Tell them that breastfeeding is NOT obscene

*Updated: We're going to reload our video (with new music) in the next few days. If you want, hold your Messages to YouTube and you can make them as replies to our Montage! (Thanks Jenn)

YouTube is calling for these videos and we're more than happy to oblige. Make sure to send us your YouTube video link!

3. Write a post and include these same directions on your own blogs and send us the permalinks (or leave them in the comments).

4. Return to the LMJ call to action post (where permalinks will be linked up) and post/vote for others' posts on bookmarking sites.

5. Submit our press release to online media outlets and social bookmarking sites (Reddit, Stumbleupon, etc.), get your message boards involved, send to your local reporters, or any national news contacts.

Even if you can only do one or two (like me) go for it! There is strength in numbers!

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1 comment:

Arizaphale said...

When I was 14 we did 'Mothercraft' at school. I was horrified. I wrote eloquently on the revolting idea of an infant suckling on your breast.
Boy was I wrong.
*did I just say all that aloud?*