CNN's Suzanne Malveaux talks with Mayim Bialik about breast-feeding, attached parenting, and motherhood.
I am a generalist physician and when to stop breast feeding is a personal choice in this country. Certainly, there are reasons to feed longer outside the US where infant mortality is high due to poor water quality and malnutrition. There is a definite and proven benefit to feeding at least the first six months of life while the infants immune system is developing. With regard to the mag cover, personally, I don't think anything which is natural is offensive. It is just a part of life.
If it doesn't hurt the child or the mother, isn't it a matter of personal choice? The fact that Time chooses to sensationalize it on the cover of their magazine as if it's the central issue facing the world today seems more of an issue of the quality of Time's editorial staff.
Been there done that,with five kids,(two step.three bio.)The last of four sons I fed til he was three,I felt it important for him,and for me,"I needed the breaks." (My Mother,and Grand Mother shamed me into it on a visit back to their home in Arkansas.)"It was like a break up!"LOL
IRVING 鈥?When safety Will Allen walked into the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room for the first time in the spring of 2010, he quickly found himself surrounded by three hard-hitting defensive backs eager to indoctrinate him into the defense鈥檚 punishing style.鈥淭he first thing they said to me was, 鈥業f you don鈥檛 stick your face in the fan, you can鈥檛 be on this defense,鈥?鈥?Allen said of Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and Ike Taylor. 鈥淭hey said, 鈥榃e don鈥檛 care about interceptions. If you ain鈥檛 ready to hit, we don鈥檛 need you.鈥?鈥?After three seasons with the Steelers, Allen is ready to make a similar speech to the Dallas Cowboys鈥?young defensive backs when they arrive at training camp next month in Oxnard, Calif.鈥淚f you aren鈥檛 trying to hit, you can forget about it,鈥?Allen said Wednesday, the second day of the Cowboys鈥?three-day minicamp. 鈥淪o that鈥檚 my mentality at all costs. I don鈥檛 really care. That鈥檚 the mentality they have there (in Pittsburgh), and hopefully I can bring that here and get some guys to follow.鈥?/p>Fresh off starting seven games for the injured Polamalu last season, Allen signed a two-year deal with Dallas in March, reuniting him with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. The two spent five seasons together with Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers drafted Allen in the fourth round out of Ohio State in 2004.鈥淗e鈥檚 a veteran guy who has been around and knows this system,鈥?Kiffin said of his 4-3 scheme. 鈥淏ut he鈥檚 not here just because he knows this system. He can play.鈥?/p>Kiffen鈥檚 defense calls for a physical secondary. He鈥檚 counting on Allen to spread the word.鈥淲hen we get pads on, that鈥檚 something we鈥檙e going to have to pride ourselves on,鈥?Allen said. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 just a creed we have to live by as a defensive back room and as a defense.Not only do we have to play hard, we have to hit hard and be mean, too. That鈥檚 one thing I learned 鈥?those Pittsburgh guys are mean on the field, to everybody. It鈥檚 not something you just say. You really believe it, really mean it. It鈥檚 your mind set. This is your life.鈥淐ause everybody鈥檚 accountable to each other. And, hopefully, we can build that same accountability here on the back end, everybody from (veteran cornerback) Brandon Carr to (second-year corner) Mo Claiborne. I don鈥檛 care how you bring them down, but we鈥檙e going to hit.鈥?/p>
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