Switzerland is known for many things: the Alps, chocolate, fancy banks, neutrality, etc. Now we can add gastronomic breast milk to that list. Sound a little wierd? It is.
A Swiss restaurant owner by the name of Hans Lochner has created a bit of controversy by announcing that his menu will now feature local specialties such as meat stew and various soups and sauces containing at least 75% human breast milk. It might sound strange, but to Lochner, the idea is a simple one. “We have all been raised on it. Why should we not include it in our diet?” he said.
In fact, as Lochner points out, a mother’s milk is healthy and great to cook with: “One can cook really delicious things with it. However, it always needs to be mixed with a bit of whipped cream, in order to keep the consistency.” Better book a table at the Storchen restaurant next time you’re in the country… or just stick with the chocolate.
Successfully hydrating on airplanes has recently become difficult; as an adult you can no longer bring beverages aboard. And apparently even babies have the same problem, or at least it seems so after an incident concerning a mother breast-feeding her child last week on WestJet.
The Vancouver woman says that she was asked to cover up while breast-feeding during a recent flight, and that the incident has led her to consider filing a human rights complaint. After “discreetly” lifting her shirt to breastfeed her son, a flight attendant offered the woman a blanket to cover up. She declined twice, but the flight attendant insisted
“She said that some men find the sight of a bare breast quite offensive,” said Ms. Tarbuck. According to the report, she wasn’t even bothering the people around her; the only other people in the row were her husband and two children.
Despite what your beliefs are on breastfeeding, let me just put it this way: traveling with children is difficult, maybe we should cut these mothers some slack. Do you really want to be enduring the sounds of a hungry, crying baby during the duration of your flight???
We recently traveled with friends abroad. One was a new mother who was breast-feeding and concerned about the new and ever-changing airline regulations, when it comes to pumped breast milk.
Fortunately, now, passengers are allowed to bring on breast-milk, in a “closed/sealed transparent re-sealable 1 quart/1 liter plastic bag.” The problem, while maybe not obvious to many, is this: breast-feeding mothers can’t bring along the ice needed to keep the milk cold during the flight or transit. This has become quite a dilemma for mothers. Today’s NY Times had a first-person account of these travails. The author wanted to keep pumping to provide continuous nutrition to her child. My friend wanted to hedge against the problems inherent in dehydrating, long-distance flights.
Any advice, traveling moms?