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I was excited at the opportunity to learn, and terribly nervous in a room full of strangers - I was a guy at a women-only peer-to-peer help group.
La Leche League is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and educating women who want to breastfeed. When it came to be my turn to speak, I gave my carefully prepared spiel: This means that I was born female but transitioned to male by taking hormones and having chest surgery.
When my partner and I decided to start a family, we got advice from my doctors and I stopped taking my testosterone. My baby is due in April.
By this point I was quite far along in my pregnancy, so they knew I was the real thing. Over the course of the meeting, people discussed their various nursing challenges and asked each other questions. I mostly remained silent. After it was over, several women came to me to say how impressed they were by my determination to breastfeed and that they hoped it would go well for me.
This was the beginning of what became an incredible support system that I credit with helping me to nurse my baby for his first year of life.
At the start of our pregnancy, my partner Ian and I assumed we were going to formula-feed. We signed up for samples of the stuff - how could we resist free food?
We like a good deal just as well as the next guy. Besides, how could I breastfeed without breasts? And then I started reading endlessly about birth and babies. Quickly I learned that I might be able to produce a small amount of milk despite my surgery, and that even drops of breast milk would benefit our baby.
I became not just committed, but passionate about breastfeeding. Following a natural birth, my midwife assisted me in latching on my newborn, Jacob.
We called my best friend and La Leche League leader, Simone, to come over right away. When Simone entered our bedroom and saw me trying to latch Jacob on, this time without the help of my midwife, she thought, This is impossible.
But she suggested different ways for me to try holding my meagre chest tissue so that Jacob could grab on. I persisted, and so did my baby. Simone came to our home four times in the next 48 hours and answered my phone calls late at night as well as early in the morning.
Jacob got stronger as I became more proficient in positioning him and we learned together.Photography and sociology have approximately the same birth date, if you count sociology’s birth as the publication of Comte’s work which gave it its name, and photography’s birth as the date in when Daguerre made public his method for fixing an image on a metal plate.
2 From the beginning, both worked on a variety of projects. Among these, for both, was the exploration of society. I could so relate to this beautiful column. It is so very true. When I was diagnosed very unexpectedly with cancer in my 40s, every small kindness from medical staff in particular, whether receptionists, nurses or doctors, had a profound effect on me.
As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo.
Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from tranceformingnlp.com Heather Kirn Lanier is working on a collection of essays about disability and parenting, to which “SuperBabies Don’t Cry” belongs. She received a Vermont Creation Grant for the project and has published related essays in The Sun, America Magazine, and tranceformingnlp.com is also the author of the nonfiction book, Teaching in the Terrordome: Two Years in West Baltimore with Teach For America.
Roy F. Baumeister is Francis Eppes Professor of Social Psychology at Florida State University, in Tallahassee.
His email address is baumeister [at] tranceformingnlp.com Further information on his research interests can be found tranceformingnlp.com speech that got Larry Summers out of a job as President of Harvard can be read here. Heather Kirn Lanier is working on a collection of essays about disability and parenting, to which “SuperBabies Don’t Cry” belongs.
She received a Vermont Creation Grant for the project and has published related essays in The Sun, America Magazine, and tranceformingnlp.com is also the author of the nonfiction book, Teaching in the Terrordome: Two .