In Praise of the MDC

Image courtesy of mothering.com

I know most of you that read my blog have probably already heard of mothering.com, but I decided to give a shout out.

I was pretty devastated when they announced that Mothering magazine was no longer going to be published. That is my absolutely favorite magazine and I am deeply sad that I will no longer receive it. Thankfully, I can still read back issues and get information and new ideas from there. Also thankfully, their site will continue running full speed.

This of course includes articles, but most importantly in my eyes, it includes the mothering dot community forums. I love visiting these forums and have since before Peanut was born. It’s a great place to get quick answers from like-minded moms. When I have a question, I can go there and post it and within 24 hours have multiple responses that don’t try to solve my problem with anti-attachment parenting ideas like sleep training, weaning, or other things I’m not keen on.

Beyond answers though, there’s also a great place for connecting with people. I’ve met people in person that I’ve talked to on the forums (yay for tribes based on location!). I’ve talked with other moms in similar places emotionally and mentally (personally, I’ve gotten a lot of support in the Wanting but Waiting thread). I’ve helped moms with breastfeeding issues. It’s truly amazing how much you can do in a simple post. Ideas you would have never thought of, support the people around you don’t know how to give, simply relating to someone when it’s difficult to find someone in your situation in the real world. The internet is a great thing.

I urge all of you to check out the forums. Whether you are a future mama, have toddlers or teenagers, or even if you’re a grandparent. There’s something on there for everyone. Not to mention you may find out some things about me that I don’t mention on the blog. ;-P

Offense Taken

So I was checking out Mothering Magazine trying to decide if I want to get a subscription. On the little sidebar of their site was an ad for Momzelle. Looked like an interesting spin on nursing clothing, so I decided to take a look. Here is the little blurb that they had on their front page.

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“oh no, let’s not see some indecent bare breast or an ugly postpartum belly!”

“There is no need to show your tummy in order to feed your precious milk to your baby, with Momzelle nursing clothing you can be both a wonderful Mom and a beautiful woman.”

Am I crazy to take offense? I don’t think so. Indecent bare breast? How dare they! I am feeding my child and a company that caters towards breastfeeding moms should be the last to call anything I’m doing indecent. Am I not a beautiful woman if I don’t cover my indecent bare breasts and ugly postpartum belly?

I admit, I wear a nursing tank top. I do that because I chose to wear one. There is no law that a woman can not expose her stomach or breasts while breastfeeding. Actually, in my state there are laws that say I can.

So I decided to write Momzelle (with carbon copy to Mothering magazine).

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I hope that both sites take what I say to heart. I am truly concerned at what their language implies.