Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Tippling mum-to-be guilty as charged, by an over-zealous society -

February 25 2003

"Become pregnant, and suddenly you are obliged to be purer than the Virgin Mary, writes Sarah Macdonald." [Addresses how research and public health messaging is not in sync. - JC]

Putting the word "pregnant" and "drinking" together in a title is always bound to attract attention, comment and controversy. And great discomfort for some readers. Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding are bound to read on with fear in their hearts. Because the truth is the guilt in motherhood starts early.

Breastfeeding MP causes stir - Breastfeeding MP causes stir

February 26 2003
"Former Olympic skier Kirstie Marshall said she didn't know she couldn't breastfeed her baby in the Victorian parliament today, after being ushered out and missing her first question time. Ms Marshall, the member for the Melbourne suburban electorate of Forest Hill, was breastfeeding 11-day-old baby Charlotte in the Legislative Assembly prior to the ringing of the bells calling the house to order. She left the chamber after being approached by the Sergeant-at-Arms. Ms Marshall was absent throughout question time, the first of the new parliament which opened yesterday...."