Saturday, January 24, 2009

Maya Wrap baby slings 20% off AND free shipping!

Every parent needs a baby sling! Wearing your baby has benefits for mother and baby: babies are soothed and comforted in the sling, mothers in close contact with their babies release the feel-good mothering hormones, breastfeeding can be done while wearing the baby, and for Dads, wearing the baby in the sling is a wonderful way to bond with your child.

For more benefits of baby-wearing, see here.

The Maya Wrap baby sling is one of the original baby slings. Many other sling designers have copied the Maya Wrap because of its stylish and functional design. The Maya Wrap is made of 100% cotton, in beautiful colours, and has 2 rings and no bulky padding, making for easier adjustment than many other kinds of slings. Maya Wrap allows for several different carrying positions, so you and your baby can decide what suits you best! The tail of the sling can be used as a cover for discreet breastfeeding too, and it has a pocket for keys/phones.

Usually 8500 yen plus shipping, Blue Sky is now offering the slings at 20% off PLUS free regular shipping! That means the slings are now only 6,300 yen.

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Payment can be made either through Paypal or the Japanese local Post Office.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Facebook & breastfeeding

Facebook Flack Regarding Breastfeeding Mothers

New Rochelle, NY, January 12, 2009—The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine feels that the social networking website, Facebook, would be well advised to review its policy banning photographs of breastfeeding mothers. Such a policy perpetuates the notion that breastfeeding is an unseemly bodily function best kept from public viewing, a misguided and antiquated concept that has no place in contemporary society. It further perpetuates the idea that formula feeding is normative when breastfeeding is, and should be considered, normative infant and young child feeding. Health professionals widely acknowledge that breastfeeding is biologically unique and appropriate for the mother and infant.

Throughout most of history, breastfeeding, whether performed in private or otherwise, has been regarded as a natural and wholesome aspect of daily living. In fact, some of the greatest works of Renaissance art dealt with the theme of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding her infant son (the Madonna Lactans).

So important is breastfeeding for the well-being of infants, mothers, and society at large that no less than forty four states have enacted legislation safeguarding the right of a mother to breastfeed in public. The Surgeon General’s Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding encourages “images of breastfeeding as the normal way to feed infants in most places women and their infants go.” Facebook should certainly be considered one of those places.

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine ( is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation through education, research, and advocacy. An independent, self-sustaining, international physician organization and the only organization of its kind, ABM’s mission is to unite members of various medical specialties through physician education, expansion of knowledge in breastfeeding science and human lactation, facilitation of optimal breastfeeding practices, and encouragement of the exchange of information among organizations.