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What kind of bees give milk?
Boo bees

Work is Work
According to Statistics
Canada when you:

do 10 loads of laundry a week, perpare and cook 21 meals,
clean 7 rooms,
provide daily child care,
drive to the children's sports events,
volunteer at the school or hospital...

Are We Not Communicating?

A man spoke frantically into the telephone.

"My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"

"Is this her first child?" asked the doctor.

"No you idiot!" the man shrieked. This is her husband.!"

In utero, nobody can hear you fart

Midwifery: Radical? No. Rabble Rousing? Maybe. Rational & Reasonable? Yes. Realistic? Definitely. Receptive? Indeed. Recalcitrant? When Necessary. Responsible & Responsive? Of course. Reputable, Resolute, Resurrected, Returned and well,........maybe a bit Radical.

Oh Great Spirit, Maker of all Things, Forbid that I Judge any Woman Till I have Walked for Two Moons In her Moccasins

Lotta Momma

Unlike most mammals, dolphis, generally the smallest of the whale order, emerge tail first. A blue whale calf grows about 8 1/2 pounds an hour during his six to seven month breastfeeding period. The mother whale provides her offspring with 130 gallons of fat-rich milk per day in 40 feedings. Migrant gray mother whales, tipping the scales at 24 tons, give birth to a baby about 1 1/2 tons. Mother whale slims to a mere
16 ton postpartum.

Victor Scheffer
U.S. Marine Mammal Commission

Now Hear This

Heather Whitestone, former Miss America, was born with hearing but lost most of it after a reaction to a diphtheria-tetanus shot when she was 18 monts old.

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Breastfed babies eat more veggies than bottle-fed babies, perhaps because they are used to the varying flavor of breast milk. The taste of formula remans constant.

Cradle Cap

All these products have been applied to babes' heads, and did relieve cradle cap:

pap-paw ointment
olive oil
almond oil
peanut butter

Apply and leave for an hour; wash off and comb against the hair growth to remove deposit.

Remedies They Wrote

What I learned, but not all  I  learned...

I've learned you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes; after that, you'd better know something.
I've learned you shouldn't compare yourself to others, but do the best you can do.
I've learned it's not what happens to people that's important; it's what they do about it.
I've learned you can do something in an instant that will give you a heartache for life.
I've learned  no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.
I've learned  it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
I've learned that it's easier to react than it is to think.
I've learned you should always leave loved ones with loving words.   It may be the last time you see them.
I've learned  you can keep going long after you think you can't.
I've learned  we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
I've learned either you control your attitude or it controls you.
I've learned sometimes I just need to be held.
I've learned  regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion
fades and there had better be something else to take it's place.
I've learned heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I've learned learning to forgive takes practice.
I've learned there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.
I've learned money is a lousy way of keeping score.
I've learned my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
I've learned sometimes the peop
le you expect to kick you when you're down will
be the ones to help you get back up.
I've learned I'm getting more and more like my grandma, and I'm kinda happy about it.
I've learned sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't
give me the right to be cruel.
I've learned  true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
I've learned  just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
I've learned  no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.
I've learned  maturity has more to do with what  experiences you've had and what you learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
I've learned you should never tell a child her dreams are unlikely or outlandish.  Few
things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if she believed it.
I've learned  your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people
you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people

again.  Families aren't just biological.
I've learned  no matter how good a friend someone is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
I've learned it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't
stop for your grief.
I've learned  our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
I've learned that sometimes when my friends fight, I'm forced to choose sides even when I don't want to.
I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.  And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
I've learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions.
I've learned it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
I've learned we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
I've learned if you don't want to forget something, stick it in your underwear drawer.
I've learned you shouldn't be eager to find out a secret.  It could change your life.
I've learned the clothes I like best are the ones with the most holes in them.
I've learned it's not what,  but who you have in your life that counts.
I've learned two people can look at the exact same thing and see something different.
I've learned you cannot make someone love you.  All you can do
is be someone who can be loved.  The rest is up to them.
I've learned no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.
I've learned there are many ways of falling and staying in love.
I've learned no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves,
get farther in life.
I've learned  many things can be powered by the mind, the trick is self-control.
I've learned no matter how many friends you have, if you are their pillar, you will
feel lonely and lost at the times you need them most.
I've learned your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't
even know you.
I've learned even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out
to you, you will find the strength to help.
I've learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains.
I've learned that the paradigm we live in is not all that is offered to us.
I've learned that credintials on the wall do not make a decent human being.
I've learned  the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.
I've learned that although the word "love" can have many different meanings, it
loses value when overly used.
I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice
and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.

by Kate Cunningham


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From Hurricane Mitch to The Mother

From: Judy Canahuati[SMTP:[email protected]]
Sent: November 8, 1998 8:04 PM

There are 1,400 breastfeeding counsellors in Honduras.  Approximately 1,000 of these are homeless.  We need medicine, rice, beans, grains, syringes, and tools to rebuild our houses and work our land. Hammers, nails, screwdrivers, screws, shovels, forks, hoes. We need money.

We do not need powdered milk or formula!

The Chiquita Corporation is providing free shipping of relief supplies to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. All nonperishable items can be sent to: Relief
Tropical Shipping
12501 N.W. 38th Ave.
Opalocka, Florida 33054

This company does all the commercial shipping for the Chiquita Corp in Honduras. There, they will fill large shipping containers with the packages recieved. When a container is full, it will be sent by boat to Puerto Cortes, and then transferred to a Chiquita warehouse in San Pedro Sula. If you want the packages to go to a particular family, or individual, then you must put the name, address and phone number on the package. Chiquita will then attempt to contact the people. Those receiving packages in the San Pedro Sula area must then go to the warehouse to pick up their packages. Any items sent for general relief should be marked as Relief Supplies, and these items will be
distributed by the Red Cross. Any unclaimed items will also be distributed.

It is the responsibility of the person sending the relief items to pay the shipping to   Florida. If you need more information, please
contact Mr. Brown at 513-784-8036.     

I'll get back to you in the next day or so with more information about the needs of our peer counselors. As of today, Nov. 7th the latest data available FOR HONDURAS ONLY is:
1. More than 7,000 dead (CNN showing bulldozing mass graves to prevent epidemics)
2. The lab of the Social Security Hospital was washed away (carrying all types of cultures and specimens from the patients into the rivers, hence illnesses are spreading and severe epidemics are feared).
3. 70% of the country's infrastructure is totally destroyed (104 bridges and countless roads were washed away, leaving entire populations totally isolated, accessed only by helicopter)
4. More than 15,000 persons missing and presumed dead (this number grows daily).
5. Of a 6 million national population at least 1.5 million forced out of their homes and in temporary shelters, many of which themselves have inadequate supplies of water,   food, clothing and medicines. Even those with homes (and funds) are without water, fuel, groceries, medicines, etc. as the factories and stores were destroyed. A cold front arrived Friday afternoon which will lead to severe respiratory problems especially among infants, the very young and the elderly. The worst is yet to come.

Judy Canahuati, MPhil, IBCLC
PO Box #512
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Telephone: +504-550-9737
Fax:       +504-550-7482
E-mail:    [email protected]

added 11/3/98

Below are a number of correspondences between Cahterine Young and the powers-that-be in the Canadian Post Office.

Initial Email from Catherine

Canada Post email:

Hello President of Canada Post George Clermont and anyone else concerned:

Canada Post recently produced a 90 cent stamp in the Art Canada series, of the painting byBruno Bobak, called Farmer's Family.

Unfortunately, the farmer is holding a baby bottle.

Canada has adopted the World Health Organization Code,
and section 3 states clearly: no bottles or pacifiers are
to be advertised to pregnant and lactating women.

The 90 cent stamp violates the WHO code.
and must be removed  from public sale at once.

Canada Post Chairman and CEO Georges Clermont:
Canada Post email:
[email protected]
[email protected]

Catherine Young,
The Friends of Breastfeeding Society,
RR#3 Clifford, Ontario, Canada, N0G 1M0
email: [email protected]
tel 519-327-8785

Reply from Jim Philips

From: stampmk[SMTP:[email protected]]
Sent: November 5, 1998 2:57 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Bruno Bobak stamp

Attention Catherine Young:

Dear Catherine:  I have recieved your message to the President of Canada Post regarding the bottle on the Masterpieces of Canadian Art stamp featuring a painting by Bruno Bobak.

Stamps are not advertisments!  They are a means paying postage for the service of delivering mail.  Commemorative stamps, such as the one in question commemorate Candian history, culture, etc and art.  Bruno Bobak's The Farmers Family is a Canadian work of art that just happens to have a bottle within the painting and thus the stamp.

The bottle is not a baby bottle, or at least not a human baby bottle, but rather a bottle for the pig, also on the stamp.  The baby is in fact breast feeding and the male figure is holding a bottle to feed the pig. As far as we know the World Health Organation does not cover bottle feeding and pigs.


Jim Phillips
Manager, Stamp Marketing
Canada Post Corporation

Answer from Catherine

Dear Jim:

The 90 cent stamp that is so offensive shows no pig.There is a man, a woman, a baby, and a baby bottle held by theman, against the woman's neck.

For whatever inane reason you chose this piece to commemorate art, you are indeed violating the WHO code, and this stamp must be retracted.

I grew up on a pig farm, and occassionally we did feed orphan pigs artificially. I assure you, in those instances we used a wine bottle and a long rubber teat.  We never used a baby bottle, which would never satisfy a beast.

Please read following email, and don't treat us like fools.

Catherine Young,
Chair, The Friends of Breastfeeding Society
RR#3 Clifford, Ontario, Canada N0G 1M0
tel. 519-327-8785

Rebuttal Letter  from the Director, Stamp Products, Canada Post

To The Friends of Breastfeeding Society:

Re: concerns about the "Farmer's Family" stamp by Bruno Bobak. The image depicted on the stamp shows the mother preparing to breastfeed her child, while the farmer is preparing to feed the baby pig from the bottle. The artist  Mr. Bobak, explained  the bottle is not intended for the human baby. The Masterpiece of Canadian Art stamp is, in fact, supportive of your organization's point of view.
Micheline Montreuil
Director, Stamp Products, Canada Post
[email protected]
Georges Clermont, Director, Canada Post
[email protected]

Catherine's rebuttal to the rebuttal

Dear Micheline, Bruno, and Georges Clermont,
Director of Canada Post:

Next time, get your art from a mother.  The only nipple visible on this stamp, is the one on the dreaded baby bottle, in the farmer's hand under his partner's ear. ( Orphan piglets fed artificially are usually given a wine bottle with a rubber teat, to satisfy their appetite.)  By showing the baby bottle so prominently, and having the recipient pig hidden, your message, Canada Post, violates The World Health Organization Code of marketing of breastmilk substitutes, which Canada has endorsed:

1. Aim: The Code aims to protect and promote breastfeeding.
2. Scope: The Code applies to breastmilk substitutes when marketed or otherwise represented.
3.Advertising: No advertising of formula, bottles, or pacifiers to the public. No promotion of products, no product displays.
4. Information: Information and materials must explain the benefits of breastfeeding, the health hazards associated with bottle feeding and costs of using infant formula.

Please remove the offending stamp from tax payer funded postal facilites. Do it because you now know that when babies are breastfed one year, their mommy's are 40% less likely to be victims of breastcancer, and in Canada, one in eight women get that bad news.  ( Those that breastfeed two or more years are 66% less likely to call breastcancer their illness.) 

And do it because babies who are breastfed one year are going to grow up to be 8.3 IQ points higher than if they were fed another substance in Bruno Bobak's bottle. Or do it to protect future babies from cancer, diabetes, diarrhea, ear infection, emotional neglect, sudden infant death syndrome, urinary tract infection, tonsillectomy, appendicitis, wheeze, colic, allergies, coeliac, hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease, auto-immune diseases of the thyroid, respiratory tract illness, lymphoid hypertrophy, chronic liver disease, high cholestrol, bacteremia, meningitis and the usually fatal bottlefeeding diseaese: necrotizing enterocolitis.

Or do it because breastfeeding moms will be protected from ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and obesity.

Do it, because Canada Post has the capability to reach coast to coast, to Grandparents and schoolchildren and pregnant parents and yep, breastfeeding moms. Do it, because we're living in tough times, when our medical system is on the verge of collapse and although we never could afford the sicknesses associated with Bruno's bottles, we now, more than ever, cannot. Do it because our family support systems caved even before our hospitals, and young parents need direction to parent well.

Do it, Canada Post, because you care.

Catherine Young, Chairmother,
The Friends of Breastfeeding Society
RR#3 Clifford, Ontario, Canada, N0G 1M0

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Controversial and empowering,
Rape of the Twentieth Century is a startling new book about medical interventions during childbirth. Written by a mother of six children-
Read about it


Sesame Goof

On Oct 7th, at 11am, Sesame Park aired a song that goes like this: "You have to eat, to grow up big and healthy" and showed
a three month old baby bottlefeeding.

That is a violation of the World Health Code which Canada
adopted: point three__no advertising of breastmilk substitutes,
bottles, pacifiers or baby medicine to pregnant and lacatating

The aim of the code is "To protect and promote breastfeeding
by ensuring appropriate marketing and distribution of breastmilk

Help CBC  rethink their typical bottle-feeding culture mindset that
lumps babies and bottles together and stop them from directing that particular twist toward young minds.Please send them an email with your view on how babies are fed.
CBC's email is : [email protected]

Catherine Young,
The Friends of Breastfeeding Society
Editor, The Compleat Mother Magazine


Circumcision Motovation

When Marilyn Milos of NOCIRC asked Dr. Thomas Wiswell, one of the U.S.'s major advocates of circumcision, what it would take to change his mind about circumcision he said, "A million dollars!"

When she asked a retired pediatrician, who claims to have done 10,000 circumcisions, if he has changed his mind, he said, "If I changed my mind, I would have to put a gun to my head!"

For a basic information packet on circumcision/genital integrity, send $5 and a SASE to: NOCIRC, P.O. Box 2512, San Anselmo, CA 94979-2512



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