I’ve always taken pride in the fact that I’m left-handed, perhaps due to the fact that lefties are in the minority among Americans (only 10%). But recently I’ve been thinking about all the bumps, cuts and scratches I’ve gotten because of my southpaw ways and now I’m not so sure I’m happy to be “in my right mind.” 😉

Just today as I was doing laundry, I was moving diapers from the washing machine to the dryer. As I reached into the washer (with my right hand), I jammed it into the metal lip and cut my knuckle. It got me thinking, why do I have my washer and dryer set up for a right-handed person? I’m the one who does the majority of the laundry around here, so logic would dictate that I should have the washer on the right and the dryer on the left so that I can use my left hand to move the clothes, diapers, etc. from the right to the left. I don’t know if it’s feasible to switch them (because of the water hook-ups, etc.), but I’m going to check into it because this isn’t the first time I’ve smashed my hand on that washer.

This thought prompted me to do some research on lefties (thus discovering that 90% of Americans are right-handed). I read that left-handed people are more accident-prone (and have more accidental deaths) and that makes complete sense to me. I guess it’s something about the way our brains work, but also that so many things we use are just made for the majority – right-handers.

One article I read mentioned the large number of accidents that lefties incur by using power tools. Thank God I’m not into power tools because with my track record, I am sure that would end with a trip to the ER. I think I prefer to stick with my knicks and cuts from the washer thank you very much.

By the way, I came across this site Left-handed .com which has a decent selection of left-handed products. I might have to check into buying some left-handed knives. We have a really nice set of knives that we received as a wedding shower gift, but wouldn’t ya know it, they say not to be used by left-handed people. Thankfully I’ve managed to avoid chopping off a finger thus far. 😉 (Knocking wood with my busted up right hand.)

Nice surprise

Well, that was a nice surprise! I just got the mail and discovered a free holiday CD from KBCO (a local radio station). It includes holiday songs by Coldplay, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Bare Naked Ladies, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin and others.

Hooray for free stuff that I can use! 🙂 Ava and I are listening to it now. She’s rockin’ out while nursing. LOL

Lactating moms to host nurse-in in response to “The View”

I was happy to recently discover that many lactating mommies in the NYC area are organizing a nurse-in on June 6 to protest anti-breastfeeding remarks made by several of the co-hosts of ABC’s tv show “The View.” “The breastfeeding mothers are protesting the general anti-breastfeeding attitude of the co-hosts of The View and comments made concerning their opinions that breastfeeding and nursing in public is ‘gross and disgusting’ in nature.” The nurse-in will be held outside of ABC’s studios at 67th Street and Columbus Avenue in New York City, where taping of the daytime talk show The View takes place.

Click here for details of the nurse-in

It’s so frustrating to me to hear that educated women in the media spotlight, especially Barbara Walters, would say negative things about breastfeeding or nursing in public. I understand that she grew up in a different generation, but surely she should educate herself on the subject and the numerous health benefits of breastfeeding (and the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization both endorse it), rather than make statements about how mothers nursing in public make her uncomfortable.

She is a woman of great influence. How unfortunate that she cannot use her status to promote breastfeeding and make women feel good about their decision to do so, rather than talk them down and act like feeding their baby is something to be ashamed of.

I’m also frustrated with the fact that it appears she and others are not being supportive of fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck who recently gave birth. She was (and I believe may still be) breastfeeding, but the cast recently made a celebratory announcement that Elisabeth’s daughter received her first bottle of formula. The audience cheered. Pardon me for my ignorance, but I don’t understand why that is cause for celebration. I understand that some women choose to formula feed and there are also those that have no choice but to formula feed, but is giving baby formula really a reason to cheer? I just don’t get it. I know a few women who would give anything to be able to breastfeed their children (they can’t due to various medical conditions), and I’ll bet you money they weren’t cheering when they had to give their child his or her first bottle of formula.

Anyway, if there are any NYC mommies who read my blog and want to participate in the nurse-in, please check out the link above. I’d love it if someone who went came back to my blog and told us how it went. I’m also very curious to see if the cast of “The View” will acknowledge that the nurse-in is taking place.

“My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard” — David Allen

World Breastfeeding Week – Aug. 1 – 7

World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated Aug. 1 to 7 this year! Hats off to all the moms who have breastfed their children! 🙂 May many more women continue to realize the benefits of breastmilk.

What’s World Breastfeeding Week all about?
According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action:

The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is the greatest outreach vehicle for the breastfeeding movement, being celebrated in over 120 countries. Officially it is celebrated from 1–7 August.This year’s WBW aims to:
* Draw attention to the value of continuing to breastfeed children to 2 years or beyond.
* Raise awareness of the risks and costs of introducing other foods and drinks to breastfed babies before 6 months, thereby strengthening support for 6 months exclusive breastfeeding.
* Up-date information and ideas about the kinds of other foods and drinks needed by older breastfed babies and young children after 6 months.
* Share ideas for making complementary feeding easier, healthier and a time for learning and love.

In honor of Breastfeeding Week, La Leche League chapters worldwide are hosting walks to support breastfeeding awareness and advocacy. To find a walk in your area, click here.

Here are some great resources for breastfeeding information:

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
La Leche League
Kelly Mom
007 Breasts
AAP’s Revised Breastfeeding Recommendations
World Health Organization’s Recommendations
FDA: Breast-feeding Best Bet for Babies
Mothers Milk Bank locations

I will leave you with an excellent quote I saw today on Beckie’s blog.

“While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby.” –Amy Spangler