Monday, September 01, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ann!

We remember our Governor.

Happy Labor Day, Texas!

Let's work to get out the vote for candidates who care about the working families of Texas more than they care about the profits of big corporations!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

National Breastfeeding Month: Don't Hide It

Lone Star Ma's final theme for the last week of National Breastfeeding Month is Breastfeed In Public.  One of the reasons that our culture is so unfriendly to breastfeeding in the United States is because we are largely unfamiliar with it and people tend to fear that with which they are unfamiliar.  People see babies being fed with bottles all the time, so bottle feeding = normal to them.  People rarely ever see people breastfeeding an infant so breastfeeding = strange to them.  There is not really any way to change this unless people start seeing breastfeeding all around them as a routine part of their daily lives as humans who are out and about in public places.

Texas law protects a woman's right to breastfeed in any place where she would otherwise be allowed to be.  Here is the law:

Sec. 165.002. RIGHT TO BREAST-FEED. A mother is entitled to breast-feed her 
baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 600, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995."

And here's a tip:  we all know stories of nursing mothers who got chucked out of public places and directed to bathrooms.  Guess what?  I was definitely the boldest mother I ever encountered in terms of nursing in public (all the public places!) and people never, ever hassled me in public, including in places where other mothers got hassled plenty.  Why?  

I had the look of someone with whom they did not want to tussle.  

Practice bold, assertive eye contact and be confident in your right to be nursing your baby where you are.  It may not work everywhere, but it will work a lot better than being timid about it will.

Now, get out of the bathrooms and take your baby out in the sunshine, Mamas (Vitamin D and all that)!  Happy National Breastfeeding Month!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Women For Leticia

The Lone Star Family was phone banking for Leticia Van de Putte for Lt. Governor of Texas tonight because women's equality matters!

"At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?" - Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Greg Abbott Would Veto Equal Pay For Women

Remember, Mamas: when Wendy Davis championed legislation to allow women to more easily sue employers for pay discrimination in Texas, Rick Perry vetoed the bill and Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for Governor, said he would have done the same.  Wendy cares about equal pay for women and economic security for our families.  Greg Abbott thinks it is fair for men to be paid more for equal work.

Get out the vote for equality in Texas!

Happy Women's Equality Day!

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

-19th Amendment to the United States Constitution,  passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, ratified on August 18, 1920 and certified on August 26, 1920.

Thanks to women like Lucretia and Susan and Alice and Elizabeth, we have the vote.  Go out there and make that vote count so we can have true equality, Mamas!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Once She Was Just A Baby .... Now She's A Grown Woman

Mothers, beware.  I know the days are long, but the years really are as short as they say.  Even shorter.  Before you know it,  they fly away...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

National Breastfeeding Month: Pumping Support And Stories

Getting good support is essential to successfully pumping breast milk for your baby while you are working outside the home.  La Leche League International (LLLI) runs the best support network for nursing mothers, but it is true that it attracts a lot of mothers who are not employed outside the home and employed mothers often find that some meetings have a culture that does not support their needs.  This is usually a "Morning Meeting" issue, though.  In communities of any size, there are usually "Evening Meetings" as well as "Morning Meetings" each month and those evening meetings are where employed mothers can usually find the mother-to-mother support they need from LLLI.  It is great to start going when you are pregnant, but it is never too late to start.

The following are some excellent books that offer great information and support for breastfeeding mothers who are employed outside the home:

  • Nursing Mother, Working Mother by Gale Pryor
  • Hirkani's Daughters: Women Who Scale Modern Mountains To Combine Breastfeeding And Working by Jennifer Hicks (Lone Star Ma has an essay in this one)
  • The Milk Memos by Cate Colburn-Smith and Andrea Serrette.
It is important to tell our stories.  The personal is political.  We support each other more than we ever know when we share our stories.  

Do you have any pumping stories to share?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bridging To Adult Girl Scouting

My Ambassador Girl Scout Troop bridged to Adult Girl Scouting on Sunday.  The Lone Star Girl was in this troop for thirteen years.  I was its Leader for eight years, with a break in the middle starting when I had the Lone Star Baby.

Another First Day of School, Another Plaid Dress

The Environmental Impact of Beef

A rigorous study published in June in the Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences suggests that beef production is much more damaging to the environment than the production of other sources of protein. 

Beef production uses 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than production of protein sources lower on  the food chain like poultry, eggs and even dairy.  Beef production is also responsible for much larger emissions of greenhouse gases and consumes much larger amounts of nitrogen than other forms of protein production.

The study suggests that cutting down on red meat would have a bigger impact on carbon reduction than abandoning cars.

Serious stuff.

Gold Award Project Report