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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Carnival News and Updates

The deadline for the Carnival of Nursing in Public is right around the corner!  Next Wednesday, June 30th.  The response has been exceptional!  Let’s keep the momentum going!
Here’s some of the exciting things going on:

International Involvement

We are very excited to be partnering with Genitori Channel – an Italian parenting site.  They recently ran a photo contest for breastfeeding “In the light of the Sun” – the Italian phrase for “Nursing in Public.”  Allatta il tuo bimbo “alla luce del sole.” Isn’t that a beautiful phrase?
The Genitori Channel will be running an Italian Carnival of Nursing in Public parallel with the one here in the US.  Also, Barbara, from the Genitori Channel will be sharing her perspective with us on attitudes toward breastfeeding in Italy. Thank you Barbara!
We are also thrilled to have involvement from several Australian bloggers.  Janet Fraser pointed out that the term “nursing” is not commonly used in Australia so we created a badge with “breastfeed” in public as an alternative (see below for the badge smorgasbord).  We anticipate participation from Canada, Mexico, and Ireland!
These International voices are so exciting!  Creating a network of lactivists that spans the globe will have a huge effect on normalizing breastfeeding.  Are you a non-US blogger?  We’d love to hear from you and we’d be happy to create other-language badges to promote the right to nurse our children in public.

Meet Our Sponsors

Special thanks to Marybeth at Downside Up and Outside In for coordinating the giveaways for the Carnival.  Here are the exciting giveaways we have currently;
From Etsy seller and breastfeeding mama Leslie at Wildroot Botanicals, we have a donation of Sore Nipple Salve with Organic Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Locally sourced beeswax, Organic Coco Butter and ethically wildcrafted herbs. Wildroot Botanicals is a small family business located in the lovely Pacific Northwest. They specialize in wild harvests from the lush environment and growing medicinals out at their farm. They love working with plants and believe in the importance of small-scale and using one’s own hands to ensure quality. Products are made in small batches like our grandparents used to craft, ensuring the highest quality.
All of their creations are crafted and distilled from fresh and freshly dried botanicals. All ingredients are high quality organic, ethically wildcrafted and fair trade certified, free of artificial fragrances, chemicals or preservatives. Be sure to check out their other lovely products, such as their postpartum gift basket.
Etsy shop Innerwolfbatik, is operated by husband and wife team Micha & Shannon Rodgers. Micha learned the art of batik while following the Grateful Dead. What started out as a way to make it to the next show soon turned into a passion. Micha met Shannon and fell deeply in love, and now they have two beautiful little ones. Shannon also is a breastfeeding mama to both her 2year old and a new born, and a happy supporter of Nursing in Public. They have donated a beautiful onesie (which they can make in any size from infant to adult if you are interested in wearing your breastfeeding support in a fun and colorful way) to show off your breastfeeding pride! Winner will receive one onesie in their choice of 3-6mth or 6-9mth.
From ERGOBaby we have the donation of one new Ergo Baby Carrier. The ERGObaby Carrier is a great way to nurture your baby.The ERGObaby Carrier’s ergonomic design supports your baby’s natural seated position, the carefully researched design also supports your posture by distributing your baby’s weight between your shoulders and hips, thus allowing you to comfortably carry your baby for hours at a time. We breastfeeding Mamas love the Ergo Baby Carrier for maintaining an active lifestyle and it’s comfort while breastfeeding and babywearing. One participant will win an Ergo Baby Carrier, choice dependent upon stock available :)
Rules for entry – There are 3 ways to be entered in the drawing.  You will get one entry for each submission up to 2 drawing entries in each category (you can submit more than 2 items but you will only be entered into the drawing 2 times per category for a maximum total of 6 entries per person).  Here’s how to enter:
  1. Submit an original post – This should be a well-written, unpublished piece submitted by June 30th using the original post submission webform.
  2. Submit a NIP photo – Please submit your picture via email to CodeNameMama {at} gmail {dot} com and BabyDustDiaries {at} gmail {dot} com. You must own rights to share your pictures.
  3. Submit a Tweet – Submit your Tweet that shares a NIP tip or bit of encouragement in 140 characters or less using the Tweet submission webform. Be sure to include the #CarNIP hashtag and your Twitter ID in that 140 character count.

But I've Never Been In a Carnival!

No problem!  It is easy and you will get detailed instruction along the way.
  1. Submit your post by June 30th using the original post submission webform.
  2. You will get a confirmation email and later an email that has html code to add to your post and the date your are scheduled to post
  3. Post on your scheduled day
  4. Update your post with the final html code when you get the updated email
  5. Visit fellow participants sites and leave supporting comments

You Gotta Love That Art!

Are you loving the badges for this Carnival as much as I am?  This beautiful artwork is by Erika Hastings at Mudspice.  Erika Hastings is an artist and a stay-at-home mother with three children. She has been breastfeeding for 7 years (and still going!).  She often paints about her life, and since her life now revolves around three amazing and energetic children, that is what she paints about. Parenting is the hardest thing she has ever done and she often uses her paintings as a way of working through the never-ending issues that parenting brings up. She thinks of her paintings as VISUAL affirmations, prayers, mantras and reminders of what she wants in her life. She hangs up the art in a prominent place and allows herself to soak up the image until it becomes a part of her life.  Visit her to see her other amazing works.
Our list of available badges is growing!  If you have a special request, please let us know.  Help spread the word about a woman and baby’s right to nurse Anywhere and Anytime.
Artwork by Erika Hastings at mudspice.com
Use the following code to add the “I Breastfeed in Public” badge:

Artwork by Erika Hastings at Mudspice.comUse the following code to add the “I Nurse in Public” badge:

Use the following code to add the Italian badge:

Use the following code to add the “I Nursed in Public” badge:

Use the following code to add the “I Support Nursing in Public” badge:
If you have any questions or suggestions we’d love to hear from you!  Email us at babydustdiaries {at} gmail {dot} com and codenamemama {at} gmail {dot} com.

Carnival of Nursing in Public Call for Submissions

It seems like we can never go more than a few weeks without a mother breastfeeding her child in public making the headlines. In the last three months alone a Denver, CO mother created a stir when she nursed her newborn daughter at a Colorado Rockies game; a Tampa, FL mother was asked to nurse her toddler in private rather than in the school lobby; and a server at an Old Country Buffet in St. Paul, MN demanded that a mother cover up with a blanket while she nursed her six month old son. A recent study in the UK showed that half of all new mothers try to avoid breastfeeding in public because they feel uncomfortable.  This is clearly a hot button issue that needs discussion.
  • Have you ever been nervous to nurse or felt criticized for nursing in public?
  • Are you tired of being told that breastfeeding should be “done in private” or “covered up”?
  • Do you find it hypocritical that Victoria’s Secret can peddle sex in a push-up bra while a Playboy model admonishes breastfeeding mothers for their “overexposure”?
  • Does it pain you when mothers rush to cover their children’s eyes when they see someone breastfeeding?
  • Are you passionate about educating others about the values of breastfeeding and the right to breastfeed in public (covered or uncovered)?
If so, please join us for the Carnival of Nursing in Public. Your co-hosts for the Carnival are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Paige at Baby Dust Diaries.
Deadline: Wednesday, June 30. Fill out the webform (see details below) and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time June 30: CodeNameMama {at} gmail {dot}com and BabyDustDiaries {at} gmail {dot} com
Carnival dates: July 5-9. Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. We will also let you know what day (between July 5-9) to publish your post. Because you can publish on more than one day, you are welcome to submit more than one original post.
How Can You Participate?
1. Original Posts: Submit an original post on a Nursing in Public topic (see below for ideas) to be posted on your blog during the week of the Carnival (July 5-9, 2010).  This should be a well-written, unpublished piece submitted by June 30th using the original post submission webform. You will receive instructions by email on when to post as well as footer information to include in your post.  We will be grouping posts by topic to debut on different days throughout the week, so you may submit multiple posts and they will be listed on different days between July 5th – 9th.
2. Submit to the NIP Slideshow: We are looking for breastfeeding pictures to share in a special slideshow. Please submit your picture via email to CodeNameMama {at} gmail {dot} com and BabyDustDiaries {at} gmail {dot} com. You must own rights to share your pictures. Feel free to submit more than one.
2. Tweeting in Public: Submit your Tweet that shares a NIP tip or bit of encouragement in 140 characters or less using the Tweet submission webform. Be sure to include the #CarNIP hashtag and your Twitter ID in that 140 character count if you want us to credit you. And please, spread the word!  Use hashtag #CarNIP to promote the carnival and share information about the rights of mothers and babies to eat in public.
3. Facebook Status Updates: During the week of the Carnival, we will share several short and sweet PSA’s about the benefits of breastfeeding and our legally protected right to nurse in public. Please share these Facebook ready PSA’s as status updates during the Carnival from July 5-9.
4. Crème de la Crème: As part of the Carnival we want to round up all the best of the best posts about Nursing in Public that are already out there. Submit a link to your favorite previously published post (by you or another blogger) using our suggestion form. The links will also be shared throughout the week of the Carnival.  You can submit multiple posts.
Post Ideas & Guidelines

You can write about any topic related to nursing in public, but here are a few ideas:
  • The problem with defining discreet
  • Your own experiences
  • What you wish you’d known/advice for new mothers
  • The right to NIP
  • The sexualization of breasts & its consequences
  • NIP as it relates to culture, societal norms, attitudes, etc.
  • NIP while traveling
  • NIP and religion
  • NIP and babywearing
  • Nursing past infancy in public
  • What family and friends can do to support mothers who are NIP
Grab the “We Are Free to N.I.P.” Badge for your site!
Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/
Show the world that you support a mother’s right to breastfeed whenever and wherever the need arises. Our beautiful badge/logo is a watercolor painting done by Erika Hastings, a proud breastfeeding mama of three. Please visit Erika’s virtual art gallery to see more of her amazing work.
Thanks to Janet Fraser for reminding us that some countries do not use the term “nurse” but “breastfeed” exclusively.  We have created an alternate badge!
Artwork by Erika Hastings at mudspice.com
Use the following code to add the “I Breastfeed in Public” badge:
Artwork by Erika Hastings at mudspice.com
Use the following code to add the Italian badge:
Please do: Write well. Write on topic. Write in a positive way. This Carnival is not to criticize mothers who choose to use formula or to nurse with a cover, it is to educate others about the beauty of breastfeeding whenever and wherever the need arises. Feel free to be creative within the gentle confines of the Carnival structure. If you’re feeling so inspired, you could paint a picture, organize a photo essay, or write a poem, a scholarly article, or a book review instead of a regular blog post.
Please don’t: Please don’t use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children. Please don’t submit irrelevant or argumentative pieces, we want this Carnival to be positive.
Editors’ rights: We reserve the right to edit your piece or suggest edits to you. We reserve the right to courteously reject any submissions that are inappropriate for the Carnival.
If you don’t have a blog: Contact us about potentially finding you a host blog to guest post. Please write your piece well in advance of the deadline in that case, so we can match you up with someone suitable. But if you really have something amazing to write, why not start your own blog? If you want advice, we find Scribbit’s free Blogging in Pink ebook to be a very helpful and down-to-earth guide, for beginners on up.
If you have questions: Please leave a comment or contact us: CodeNameMama {at} gmail {dot} and BabyDustDiaries {at} gmail {dot} com
Stay in touch:
Remember: The purpose of this Carnival is to inform, advocate, and educate about nursing in public.  It is not to be negative about mothers who formula feed or who choose to cover up when nursing in public.  Carnivals are, of course, fun and a great way to meet like-minded bloggers, but this one can be so much more.  Getting the word out about the our right to nurse in public and about normalizing breastfeeding will make a difference in the life of mothers and children everywhere.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Nursing is Beautiful Anytime, Anywhere

Babies need to eat.  Mothers are part of society.  Really that's all it boils down to.  Our culture often layers other feelings and issues around seeing a mother nurse her child but it doesn't have to be a shock.  It is normal, natural, healthy, and the best way to feed children.  Look!  It is beautiful.


Join our Flickr Group to add you own images of nursing in public!

Welcome to Nursing Freedom

  • Have you ever been nervous to nurse or felt criticized for nursing in public?
  • Are you tired of being told that breastfeeding should be “done in private” or “covered up”?
  • Do you find it hypocritical that Victoria’s Secret can peddle sex in a push-up bra while a Playboy model admonishes breastfeeding mothers for their “overexposure”?
  • Does it pain you when mothers rush to cover their children’s eyes when they see someone breastfeeding?
  • Are you passionate about educating others about the values of breastfeeding and the right to breastfeed in public (covered or uncovered)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then Nursing Freedom is for you.  This website is dedicated to helping mothers learn their rights related to breastfeeding, helping mothers overcome common roadblocks to nursing in public, and as a place for education and promotion of breastfeeding normalization.