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Local newspaper article.

When I saw the initial headline, "Baby dies after circumcision," I knew where it had happened and had a horrible feeling I knew the doctor, too.

It's the one who inspired me to change GP surgeries when I was pregnant with Linnea. Same one who said he couldn't sign me off sick with stress when I was in that last job.
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Quite apart from all the other issues with the article, the photo they use to illustrate it shows a baby feeding in a way that doesn't look very comfortable to me at all - the latch looks almost symmetrical. That mother's nipple could be being rubbed against the baby's hard palate with every single suck, which will HURT. Also, that latch is ok until about three months, but if it doesn't get sorted out, the demand part of supply-and-demand could get difficult later on.

It's a problem which really only exists because bottlefeeding, which DOES use a symmetrical latch, is so normal - people expect things to enter a baby's mouth that way and the extremely asymmetrical latch which is most effective and most comfortable looks slightly wrong to people who live in a society where most babies are bottlefed all or part of the time, in real life and in the meeeeeeeeeeeeeeja.

Here's the link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7867686.stm

Obamamania

Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:09 pm
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Rob says, "Good looking family man with adorable children saves the world. What's not to love?"
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From http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ :

"please do not send consumable gifts -- such as food, flowers, and other perishable items -- to the White House. While President Obama, the First Lady, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Biden appreciate your thoughtfulness, they request that instead you look to your local community"

D'y'see that?! D'y'see that?! There are feminists in the White House!

Singing!

Jan. 20th, 2009 10:36 pm
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Today I will remember...

Watching a black woman singing for a country with a black man as President, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, to thee I sing. Land where my fathers died..."

That nearly made me cry, but I was grinning too much because of Obama saying "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America," which made me laugh because I was dancing to that the other day, with my girls - it's from Fred Astaire.

I was grinning because of "We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do."

"For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life."

Later I watched Barack and Michelle Obama walking sections of the route to the White House, presumably getting back int he car when Security got nervous or when Michelle's lovely outfit got too chilly. She held his hand. She waved both her arms, in turn, but always she transferred his hand to her other one. She held onto him on that walk. And the children stayed in the cars.


I have been singing all evening. I've been singing "I pick myself up, I dust myself off, and I start all over again," and I have been singing "Good morning, America, how are ya?" and I have been singing "You can get anything you want in Alice's Restaurant."

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