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Living in the 21st century where so many things are allowed and tolerated but breastfeeding seems to remain a taboo.

Each mother with a newborn needs to feed the baby at some point during the day. Breastfeeding is the most natural way to do so. Meanwhile, some people are uncomfortable when a woman is naturally giving milk to her son/daughter.

How can this be such an issue and bring controversial debates, conversations and mainly… arguments!

It is important to clarify the following: breastfeeding is not related to nudity. It is motherhood!

Nudity is all over the internet and accessible to all, but no one seems worried or offended to see pictures of celebrities in bikinis or male models advertising their new collection of underwear. How can a mother giving her breast to a baby be perceived as rude and not politically correct?! The paradox being that people are not getting offended about huge billboards of women in lingerie. Or page 3 models – thankfully this one is over. Both of these displays of nudity are public,  yet rarely you hear a complaint.

Some mothers have been named and shamed, asked to leave restaurants and other public spaces because it was that time of the day where their little one needed milk!

Then, it is not uncommon to walk into an espresso bar and see a sticker on the door, informing the clientèle that this particular space is breastfeeding friendly!

Breastfeeding friendly sticker

Breastfeeding friendly sticker

It is as if, the view of a woman having her child drinking her own milk is making people feel uncomfortable. When the only thing she is doing is a mother’s instinct, which is about making sure that her offspring is happy and healthy.

Babycentre.co.uk has even published a clear article about feeling more confident when breastfeeding in public – full details available HERE.

What is more annoying; a screaming child who wants something to eat/drink or a quiet shared public space where everyone has peace and quiet? Surely the latter!

As another example: would you prefer to share a table with someone reading an adult magazine or a mother (breast)feeding a few weeks old baby? What is more acceptable – knowing that we are constantly bombarded by half naked pictures of men or women (no need to mention Kim Kardashian’s derriere which “broke the internet“)!

Have people lost touch with the real sense and values of life? Why could such thing go viral? Why follow the flock of irrelevant social media streams? Thankfully, some people decided to make a fool of the original image – no point of putting such image here,  as everyone must have seen it.

In some/many instances, the general public likes to make a point just for the sake of it. Even when the argument has no real foundation. It is all about getting in the press and stirring things. Almost like a tick on a check list: “did that and proud of it“.

Getting a new approach/vision of life should be considered, rather than being stuck in a virtual world where real and fake friends are mixed up – then starts from square one.

Breastfeeding is neither a fashion movement nor a hipster behaviour. It is part of the circle birth – life – death. Of course, some parents like to dress up their children in a cool manner and babywear outfits have changed in the same way as our lifestyles: colourful and easy going!

It will be difficult to actually change people, because there will always be some individuals against the fact that a baby needs to be fed anywhere and anytime… whenever it is necessary! All this is not new.

MAGNI, Giuseppe, (Italian, 1869-1956): Interior Family Scene with Mother and Three daughters by an Open Window

MAGNI, Giuseppe, (Italian, 1869-1956): Interior Family Scene with Mother and Three daughters by an Open Window

 

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Sometimes, when it comes to coffee, things are better explained by just watching a video. In this particular case it is about Not Just Coffee.

Not Just Coffee - website

Not Just Coffee – website

 

Spending 7hrs/day or more at work depending on the industry is rather impressive when stepping back and observing all this time given away in order to be able to have a decent lifestyle.

Unfortunately, sometimes you have to overwork…if it is paid as overtime it can be a winner. But, with the ongoing tight economy it is unlikely. Employers usually prefer to give an extra day-off rather than forking out the cash that so many are lacking.

The trouble is that when working too many hours, accident(s) can happen. It is neither good for the employee nor for the boss.

Here is what you need to know about injuries at work.

According to some statisitics over the past year,  there were 591,000 people who suffered from work related incident. The consequence: days off for some and even weeks for others. This means the absenteeism could bring bad news for the productivity of the business.

One of the many ways you can make sure that you are properly compensated is to contact experts who could tell you how much is your claim worth. Solicitors will not play against your employer but will help and support you regarding the paperwork. All can be done via a phonecall and sometimes even online by using these clever chat boxes.

Many employees are anxious about this particular process but there is no real reason. Even if you are working for a family business (small company), liability insurance will cover claims that need to be made.

Injuries at work infographic

Infographic by Atrium Legal

Working in catering is different from “just” sitting at a desk. Not saying that working in an office is easy but the hours are usually 9 to 5 with some exceptions. Restaurants and hotels can have long hours and shifts too. Dealing with general public and anything related to hospitality is about the people first. The hours on the premises don’t really count.

So for office workers: Some injuries are related to  RSI (Repetitve Strain Injury). All this, because working on a screen and therefore using a keyboard and a mouse. Ergonomics is very important these days. Unfortunately, office furniture is too often too basic. How many people complaining about back pain do you know? Are they sitting down most of the day? This should not be accepted when starting a job! Employers spend money for the state-of-the-art computers whether there are PCs or MACs but strangely not on soft and well designed chairs which should support backs and arms to avoid RSI!

There are about half a million cases reported annually. One of the main problems about this condition is that not everyone is aware with the links causes/consequences of RSI.

Ergonomics infographic

But if you feel that something is not right: talk to your employer in the first place and contact your GP for a health check. If the diagnosis reveals that you are suffering from RSI, then get in touch for some personal injury advice.

Such mild tensions in your wrists can lead to more severe pain such as tendonitis. When treated correctly and early enough it will go back to normal. However, waiting too long and it could last for the rest of your life.

All injuries or health related issues which occur in the workplace must be taken seriously. It is always worth having a chat with your line manager to report the situation which could be a future problem for yourself and the company too. It could result in a loss or earnings and sadly early retirement too.