I’m completely committed to insisting that breastfeeding is a food issue, one of food politics and all the ways power comes into play, of food security, and of food sovereignty, in OUR right to decide how we eat and feed. This poem is by Holly McNish is so strong and righteously, mama-tigerly angry, I want to take part in it’s going ever more viral.
Also of interest: Anthrolactology is a blog maintained by a Medical Anthropologist with a keen interest in breastfeeding issues for refugees. Lots of links, resources and education on her site.
Has everyone read this fascinating New Yorker magazine long-read on breastfeeding and the micro-biome?
And in doing some searches for this post, I just found EMBA, the European Milk Bank Association, “where you will find information from many of the 200+ milk banks operating in more than 20 countries throughout Europe as well as news from milk banks and about the use of donor human milk around the world.” Viva sharing!
A few past KitchenCounterCulture posts:
A GIF that shows the male gaze…
Gorgeous Images of the Sanctity of Mary Feeding Jesus
Breastmilk Banking. My first baby benefitted greatly from another woman’s breastmilk while I was getting my flow going, so I’m all for this!
When my friend Paige Brown, a Climate and Clean Energy Activist by day, fermenting enthusiast by night, was posting these pictures on Instagram, I asked her could I post them on this blog. I love noticing the way sharing food helps form community, in this instance the community of inspiring activists fighting against Trump’s Muslim Ban at airports across the USA. We are going to need a lot of this, to keep our bodies and spirits in good health, and it’s so fun to see what all this abundance looks like in the sterility of an airport.
“The Resistance will be well fed! The calls went out for an emergency protest at San Francisco Airport on Sunday January 30, as 50 people were being detained there because of DT’s Muslim Ban. The call to protest included the request, “Bring provisions.” My friend and I grabbed granola bars and bananas and headed over.
The SFO protest was determined, lively, large, and diverse. It also had more food than I’ve ever seen at any protest. It was a beautiful abundance of fruit, carrots, cheese, snacks, and water. People took over kiosks, making them into protest refreshment stations.
Pizzas arrived just as the crowd was cheering the announcement that the last detainee had been released. It wasn’t about the pizza obviously, but it was about people vigorously and enthusiastically giving and sharing food. People really wanted to feed each other and take care of each other. Open doors, open arms, and sharing food with strangers as an antidote to closing doors and hearts.”
A demonstration on 29 January at the UN Peace Talk in Geneva… Photo taken from PlanetSyria Facebook page
I wanted to share this protest, which I read about on Facebook. Planet Syria wrote:
Syrian activists and solidarity groups are launching a Siege Soup Kitchen for delegates of the peace talks in Geneva. We invite delegates to give up their fancy lunch and come taste for themselves the dishes Syrians under siege are cooking right now to stay alive. Our specialties will be “herb soup” and “leaf soup”. Our servers President Obama and President Putin.
On the menu today:
– Green soup
– Spicy leaf soup
– Grass & leaf soup
One million people are under siege in Syria, deprived of food and medical care. They are forced to be creative in order to survive.
We need to see real action. A solution for Syria does not begin in Geneva. It begins in Madaya, Moadamiyeh, Daraya, Homs, Deir Ezzor, Aleppo… It begins when world leaders are serious about stopping war crimes and protecting civilians.
More brilliant food-themed activism like these films. What can I do with my profound belief in non-violence if not support the creative and incessant work by the people and activists most effected by the violence of this war? Best wishes to them, and really hoping something beneficial comes out of the Peace Talks. If you are a person for whom prayer is meaningful, do it!