Tipat Chalav Finally Adopts Growth Charts Based on Breastfed Babies

In 2006 the World Health Organization published growth charts based solely on breastfed babies who received solids at age 4 to 6 months. The Israeli health ministry has finally gotten around to providing them to Tipat Chalav, Israel's well-baby clinics. The babies measured for the new charts were … [Read more...]

Rabbi Eliyahu Against Breastfeeding in Bathrooms

The alon Olam Katan has a regular feature called shu”t cellulari, or responsa via SMS. Readers can text halachic questions and get answers fairly quickly, from either Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu or Rabbi Shlomo Aviner. My daughter alerted me to one of last week’s questions: Is there a problem of tumah … [Read more...]

Why I’m in Favor of “Breastfeeding” Breaks for Spanish Dads

Image via Wikipedia Ridiculous, right? According to an article on CNN, Spanish men will get breastfeeding leave equivalent to that of women: The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that working fathers in Spain have the same right to breastfeeding leave as do moms. Thursday's ruling … [Read more...]

Guest Posts: Islamic Breastfeeding, Volunteering and Rosh Hashanah

I have three posts up at other sites that you may find interesting. If you enjoy them, show the hosts some love by leaving a comment or sharing the link. On Green Prophet, I reviewed the book A Fading Art: Understanding Breastfeeding in the Middle East. It was interesting to read how Islamic … [Read more...]

Is Public Breastfeeding Immodest? An Orthodox Jewish Perspective

Welcome to the July 2010 Carnival of Nursing in Public This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Nursing in PublicNursingFreedom.org. All week, July 5-9, we will be featuring articles and posts about nursing in public ("NIP"). See the bottom of this post for more information. *** … [Read more...]

Flaws in Study of Breastfeeding and Dairy Allergy

A new Israeli study making the rounds of the internet is claiming that exclusive breastfeeding, instead of preventing allergies as has been shown by numerous studies, actually increases the risk for dairy allergy. The researchers conclude that parents should give cow's milk in the early days and … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding and Cosmetic Breast Surgery in Israel

The rate of cosmetic breast surgery is growing rapidly in Israel and abroad. But young women and teenagers don't always consider the impact their surgery will have on breastfeeding. Even though women are often told differently, all types of breast surgery can affect breastfeeding. At the La Leche … [Read more...]

Jewish Mother Guilt and Breastfeeding (Updated)

Marjorie Ingall wrote an article in Tablet Magazine called Bottled Guilt, where she argues that Jewish women are set up to feel guilty when breastfeeding doesn’t work out. The desire to raise intelligent and healthy children is entrenched in our genes, and for most of us successful breastfeeding is … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer: What If Women Didn’t Have Breasts?

Baila posts an interview with her friend, Nitsana Bellesohn, who directed a short film to call attention to the fight against breast cancer. Entitled "FLAT," it's up for the Amazing Grace Award. Warning: The film contains images of exposed breasts. Go here to see all the films and vote for … [Read more...]

Tzniut (Modesty) and Breastfeeding in Public

I saw several women and girls in shalim (modesty cloaks) at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo the other day. One shal-wearing mother was sitting on a bench, peacefully nursing her baby. Her shirt hid her breast completely and she saw no need for a blanket, apron or other cover. Comfort with public … [Read more...]