The Friday Feedback Forum

August 6th, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

“The Big Latch On”


IMG_1274This morning Waits and I joined a huge group of women in The Big Latch On, an attempt to break the world record for simultaneous nursing. It was so friggin wonderful! Yay for positive and empowered public breastfeeding!

So hello there! Welcome to the weekend! Firstly and with much gratitude I want to say THANK YOU to Kristen, who was so sweet to drop a little something in my tip jar this week. Thanks lady – the support really means so much to me. =)

And now, it’s time for comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions. So what’s up guys? What’s on your minds? Tell me tell me everything!

As usual, the Feedback Forum will remain here at the top of the page all weekend, so if you’ve got an idea or a question or you just want to introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’, you can stop back by any time. This is your community, so get involved and have your say!

As an aside: Over the past few months I’ve recieved a number of Facebook friends requests to my personal page. But my deal with Facebook is ‘real life only’. I figure I’m public in enough places all over the whole damn internets (like hello? that’s my ta ta hanging out up there ^^), so Facebook is my one place to stay in touch with face-to-face friends. And yes, I do see the ultimate irony in making Facebook my one private place, haha. Anyway, if I didn’t accept your friends request PLEASE DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY! I love you guys! Come join the Bonzai Facebook page! Okay, hope y’all understand.

Now have a fantabulous weekend!

  • erosan

    Oh my, I didn’t realize there was a Bonzai Facebook page!

    I’m joining it now. Mostly as an statement, as I seldom check my facebook account…

    I’ve got a question tho… Are you doing a MMM checkup post? I rather enjoyed them last time. ^_^

    Also, I’m working on a little idea I want to share…

  • Sayward

    @ erosan – I’ll do one then! So maybe mid-month? Not this Monday but the next?

  • Tenise Rae

    Yes! I like the ‘check ins’ as well. :D

  • Richard

    I saw the title and while my slow connection loaded the pics i took a guess at what it was about (got it right) but told myself to grow up lol
    Anyway I might join your facebook account, I just made new account so I could set up a greenpeace group page for my local group, I’m also trying out your deodorant recipe today after giving up on a Faith in Nature Crystal brand.

  • farmingtheburbs

    Breastfeeding rocks. You go! It needs to be the norm and the public needs to just get over it.

  • Carolyn

    I was thinking of you this morning. I just found a recipe for chocolate caramel sorbet. I’m making it today and if it comes out any good, I’ll send it along. Vegan frozen treats!

  • Court

    oi! i have kind of been a silent participant for some time, but i just wanted to say that while i have enjoyed all your delicious vegan dishes, i just made your laundry detergent. omfg. awesome. i will never be buying any laundry detergent. ever. again. thank you. thank you.

  • Mandie

    I love that Waits always looks at the camera. His eyebrows are the best.

  • Eden

    I saw an article about this in Portland and was wondering if you were going! I should have known!

  • Sarah

    Yay breastfeeding! <3

  • Morgan

    It amazes me that anyone can think of breastfeeding as gross. Even more amazing, those same people don’t think twice about drinking milk from a COW! I find that very strange.

  • Kate

    @Morgan – I JUST had the ‘I don’t drink cow milk’ discussion with a friend. I suppose I’m still not all the way there, as I just freaking love cheese and I don’t know if I can walk away from it…I just had to comment that yes, it is weird that society can’t see the weirdness!

    Ms Sayward, I just wanted to say that I LOVE your geek-out posts on BA. The soaking legumes thing…AWESOME! I want to get back into baking once temps dip back below 100 in Phoenix and would like to try sprouting flour….thanks for the how-to!

  • Richard

    Haha today I discovered my towns illicit Kobucha sharing ring!

    I was in my towns only real vegan friendly shop and it had some kobucha concentrate, now after reading your post I knew thats not what i wanted so I asked if they had any non concentrate but the guy said no, instead he told me he has a customer with a culture who shares it with all the locals who ask for it and said he’d pass on my number :D

    apparently this womans given out lots of baby cultures to people and has started a lil family in the town lol

  • Sayward

    Sorry for the late response here guys. My Internets were out . . . I am so lost and lonesome without it! Haha. Anyway, I hope you all had a great weekend. =)

    Great to see all the pro-breastfeeding comments here! (not that I’m at all surprised)

    @ Carolyn – Would love that recipe!

    @ Morgan – SO TRUE!

    @ Richard – Yay, that’s awesome! Good luck with the brewing!

  • Saundra

    Cool latch on thing! It’s so nice to be able to nurse outside a bathroom in public I hope more people give more attetion to it as a natural thing and not a sexual thing gets on my nerves people do… Sorry had a bit of flashbacks lol we’ll just put it this way most places around here don’t even have changing stations let alone enough room to sit and nurse

  • kristen

    the pleasure’s all mine! me and my bff’s armpits have been stink-free since we made up your deodorant recipe a few months ago, so it was the absolute least i could do. ;)

  • Ginger Baker

    This makes me miss nursing! I never did go to a nurse-in of any sort, I probably missed them while I was at work. This reminds me, I should look up my local LLL and go to a few meetings or such. Put my advocacy into a bit more structure (rather than just my random conversations LOL though in a way those can have as much if not more impact…). Interestingly enough, I find my nipple piercings can often lead into breastfeeding conversations. :-D

  • Sayward

    @ Saundra – The good news is it’s becoming more and more normalized and more and more accepted. Baby steps!

    @ kristen – Oh I’m so glad you saw this! I always worry that people who donate won’t see my ‘thank-you’ within a post, and hey won’t know how much it means to me. So I’m glad you saw it and again, THANK YOU =D

    @ Ginger Baker – I agree, opening up a dialogue with people, face to face, is some of the best activism we can do (on any issue, not just breastfeeding)

    Also, are your piercings from before you nursed or after? I took mine out when trying to conceive, I was assuming they’d close up. Maybe not?

  • Ginger Baker

    @Sayward Mine after definitely from after (though fyi my understanding is that repiercing them post-nursing should go a bit easier). Mainly what I am able to explain to people is that the nipple is NOT a tube and thus piercing cuts that tube off, but rather more like a sponge LOL (followed with a quick description of how milk can kind of go flying everywhere if you’re not careful LOL!) and therefore piercing previous to childbirth does NOT mean you can’t nurse later. I find once I explain the sponge analogy, they get it pretty well. (I also often take that chance to explain that years of nursing can definitely change your *nipples* lol! I like mine better now :-p )

  • Sarah
  • Sayward

    @ Ginger Baker – The ‘sponge’ is a great analogy!

    @ Sarah – Interesting, thanks!