It turns out that the cash in your wallet may be contaminated with the dangerous chemical BPA. A recent study found that BPA (a widely used chemical that causes genetic damage, miscarriages, birth defects and acts like a hormone) is present in paper money. Water bottles, baby bottles and sippy cups just a few years ago were almost all made from BPA-containing plastic (although many are now BPA-free). The linings in food cans often contain BPA. Now we have to deal with BPA contamination in an item that we literally touch multiple times a day.
So how did BPA, commonly used in the clear hard plastic called polycarbonate, find its way into our paper currency? BPA is so widely used by industry that it has become ubiquitous in the environment. One potential source in paper money is thermal paper—the kind that’s used in inkless cash register receipts. The traces of BPA (found in the powdery film on the receipt paper) MAY rub off and transfer from receipts to our dollar bills (ie. every time a receipt is placed near the money in a cash register or wallet; or whenever we touch a receipt before touching money, etc).
Unfortunately, many people, including those behind Facebook, are uncomfortable watching women breastfeed.
We treat the natural act of feeding a baby with breasts as though it were some sort of shameful sex act. Sadly enough, some women even think of breastfeeding as “gross”. According to the CDC, 3 out of 4 new mothers start out breastfeeding, yet we rarely see a baby being breastfed in public. In our rush to be open and sophisticated about sex, breasts have become sex toys and breastfeeding has become an uncomfortable reminder that women’s bodies are not solely intended for sexual pleasure.
Around the Green Parenting Web: Facebook, Breast Milk Sharing, Destruction of American Childhood, Happy Meal Toys, and Vegetarian Babies
Vegetarian parents often wonder whether raising their children with a similar diet will affect their nutrition and health.
Dr. Sears explains that with the proper food and information raising a vegetarian baby can be just as healthy.
Here is another absurd story about mothers being asked to stop breasfeeding…
A mother who regularly volunteers at a Head Start program in Washington state was told she would no longer be able to breastfeed her 13-month toddler because it made some parents and staff uncomfortable.
There are so many things wrong with this story! Associated Content reports:
The teacher in this situation asked Knott to remove herself and her baby to one designated bathroom or the center’s conference room for breastfeeding and that only in these areas would they permit breastfeeding. She said this would apply to all breastfeeding mothers. When Knott asked, “Would you make a bottle feeding mom go to the bathroom to feed her baby?” the teacher said no.
Knott asked if this was an official Head Start policy. The teacher said that it’s to make other volunteers and staff feel comfortable and to prepare the children for public school, where breastfeeding won’t be allowed.
I grew up near a Dunkin Donuts store, and I can still imagine the smell and taste of childhood. There was even a pond behind the store where we would catch tadpoles. Later, my memories of Dunkin Donuts involved dumpster diving for discarded food (my short, part-time stint as a freegan). It’s been twenty-five years since I’ve been inside a Dunkin Donuts. It’s a good thing I never tried breastfeeding in one, which may be more hazardous than actually eating their food.
Staff at a New Jersey Dunkin Donuts recently called the police on two breastfeeding moms.
Around the Green Parenting Web: IRS Says NO Tax Breaks for Breast Pumps and Australian Cross Nursing
It seems that the IRS doesn’t consider breastfeeding to be a medical expense. The decision was made not to include breast pumps and other breastfeeding necessities as part of medical flexible spending accounts under the new health care laws…
To be more specific, the new health care overhaul allowed rules for flexible spending accounts that will go into effect in January. The goal for this part of the program was to allow Americans to use part of their pretax earnings to pay for medical expenses that aren’t reimbursed. Given these facts, the IRS decision would be less relevant if one of the goals of the health care overhaul wasn’t to control medical costs by putting money towards encouraging preventive procedures.
According to the IRS, breastfeeding doesn’t fall into that category.
What does? Denture adhesive, contact lenses, support hose, and pimple cream…
However, the IRS has declared that breastfeeding doesn’t hold enough health benefits to qualify for tax-sheltered health care accounts as a form of medical care.
It just may be that Indonesia has the strongest breastfeeding laws on the planet (or is drafting them).
Specifically Health Law No. 36, which passed last year, guarantees all babies “the right to receive exclusive mother’s milk from the time of birth for six months, unless there is a contrary medical indication”.
We’ve reported on this law before, in regards to Gisele’s comments, and the potential legal consequence for mothers who choose not to breastfeed.
Apparently, this same punishment could be doled out to anyone who prevents a mother from fulfilling her lactating duties. Does this include formula companies?
Editor’s note: Kristen of Cool Mom Picks and Motherhood Uncensored has written for us on many occasions. We are extremely happy she had a home birth, but too bad she had to travel in an ambulance and spend an extra day in the hospital as a result, missing out on all the relaxing benefits of a home birth. You can read her own version of the story on Motherhood Uncensored, which has been made famous by her twitter stream after the birth.
A quick Google search reveals Facebook has been under fire for removing breastfeeding photos in 2007, 2008, 2009, and now 2010. In fact, there is even a Facebook group called Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! (Official petition to Facebook).
The European Union Court of Justice have ruled in favor of Spanish fathers of breastfeeding infants. Specifically, Spanish fathers are now granted the same rights as their partners in order to prevent them from falling into a “subsidiary role”. Spanish parents may take a breastfeeding leave consisting of an hour off during the middle of the work day or leave work a half-hour early during the first nine months of their infants life.