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For Sale: A Mother’s Milk

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This is the oddest story that I’ve heard in a long while.

A company, Medolac Laboratories, is looking to pay African-American, lactating mothers in Detroit for their breast milk. Apparently, this would be the pilot for a program that is slated to go nation-wide. First, I think it’s kind of gross for a mother to give their child someone else’s breast milk; although wet nurses were once all the rage for the affluent…

An open letter has emerged penned by BMBFA and signed by numerous women’s advocacy groups. At issue is the fact that information has not been disseminated regarding the plan forĀ said milk. The letter is simply asking for answers to questions and/or a community meeting.

I nursed both of my children, however I still find this “plan” weird. Thoughts?

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Family, Health, Motherhood, Race, women

 

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Do My Breasts Offend?

In Manhattan, a small-business owner is battling the condo board of the building from which she leases space. The complaint? Technically, a door left a few inches ajar. But at the heart of the complaint are breasts, breast-feeding that is.

Upper Breast SideĀ provides support to lactating mothers via workshops, products and specialist referrals. However, the condo board apparently has an issue with breast-feeding. The previous tenant, a chiropractor left the door ajar as well because his patients had difficulty opening the door- as do mothers carrying infants or navigating strollers- however he was not cited.

A court found sufficient evidence to supprt the complaint and a public hearing will be held on March 23. In the meantime, the condo board has upped the anty charging that the owner is breaking zoning laws because her lease described the business as a community facility which by definition provides “educational, recreational, religious, health or other essential services for the community it serves.” They argue that it is a retail store.

I am hopeful that Manhattan and New York women will show up in volume for this hearing because it seems that the board can’t see beyond the breasts.

 

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