Carnival Cruise Ship Officers Tell Breastfeeding Mother to "Cut it Out!"

On a recent Carnival cruise, North Carolina mom, Crystal Silvas, was nursing her 9 month old daughter aboard near one swimming pool area, when two of the ship's officers began flailing their arms at her in front of other passengers. "The men in white started waving their arms really high and saying to 'cut it out!' and told me I couldn't feed her anywhere outside my stateroom," said Silvas, and added, "It was absolutely the most humiliating moment of my life.

Deeply hurt by the experience, Silvas said the experience "ruined her vacation" and that the weeks following have been "the most stressful" she can imagine. Silvas is mom to two adopted children and reached out to Carnival about its breastfeeding policy, but did not receive a straight answer for two weeks. At that time she reached out to news station, FOX 46 Charlotte, who obtained results for Silvas within hours.

The cruise line has since apologized, and this is Carnival’s complete statement in response:
Guests traveling on a Carnival cruise are free to breastfeed in any location on board. We sincerely apologize if your viewer was given information to the contrary or made to feel uncomfortable. We are further researching this and will ensure the shipboard team is clear that women are free to breastfeed in both public and private areas of the ship. 

Carnival has also offered Silvas and her family a complementary cruise to compensate for this bad experience.


The Breastfeeding Group (for nursing mothers and IBCLCs):

Encouraging breastfeeding items, bracelets, and 'thank you for nursing in public' cards:

Menstrual cups for healthier bodies, happier periods!

Menstrual cups are soft, bendable, reusable, more comfortable, and so much better for our bodies! For those who'd otherwise use tampons, check out the wide variety available today by Googling 'menstrual cup.' There are wide varieties to select from:

Women who opt for pads instead may find they love 'moon pads' (soft, washable, reusable pads) vs. plastics.  Many options exist today for healthier bodies and happier periods.

This post was originally live on Facebook. Image courtesy of GladRags.



We love Kindercarry's Kinderpack! Especially for bigger/taller/heavier babies, toddlers and children -- this is the most comfortable carrier we have tried, and it is a favorite among our local babywearing lending library. When Peaceful Parenting began (2005) there was no such thing as a comfortable carrier for a heavy/large baby or toddler. With the Kinderpack we can comfortably babywear for many hours, day after day, and do so with special needs children as well. It is truly a blessing in babywearing, and one we'd love everyone to experience. You can learn more about Kinderpacks and their small-batch, USA handmade construction at

Each Kinderpack below comes to you brand new, with tags attached, in its original packaging, with all accompanying booklets and papers. The pack has never been tried on unless noted. Photos are of the actual carrier you will receive and the listing will be removed from this page upon purchase. Most packs below have Plus padding straps because they are perfect for every body type and can be adjusted for the most comfortable babywearing fit for parents of all sizes. New Kinderpacks below are $235 unless otherwise noted and include FREE 2-day priority shipping in the United States and to APO/FPO addresses. International shipping varies.

With each Kinderpack you'll receive two Born 2B Worn advocacy bracelets in cool colors (blue/purple/teal) and warm colors (red/orange/hot pink). Bumper stickers are also free for KP families and produced upon request ($8 without KP) in any color of your choice (black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple, etc.). Include selections with your email if you'd like a bumper sticker.

Note: No one at Peaceful Parenting has been given any incentive of any kind to speak upon Kinderpacks. All packs were purchased brand new, directly from Kindercarry, at full retail costs ($211-236 per pack after all shipping/fees to PP families). We simply love the Kinderpack, have shared locally for many years, and would like to help other families in the peaceful parenting community have access to a Kinderpack that fits their family needs. Any small amount donated beyond retail/shipping/fees/taxes goes toward Peaceful Parenting education at maternity and baby expos where materials are given freely to new and expecting families; as well as toward the non-profit work that Peaceful Parenting takes on (birth, breastfeeding, baby care supplies and support for low-income families, mothers, and to orphanages overseas). If you have a Kinderpack you'd like to give toward this effort (to share freely with another family in need, or to send with an orphanage volunteer working with babies/toddlers), write to

Emails will be responded to within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response, please check the email you are sending to, or your junk/spam filter.

Six different options for payment: 

1) PayPal via Friends/Family to with your address and pack selection. [PayPal does not take 5% with this option]

2) Enter the amount and your pack selection at: [PayPal takes 5% with this option and it is processed as a Goods Transaction]

3) Email to use a credit card by email or phone, or to request a PayPal business invoice be sent to you. [PayPal takes 5% with this option and it is processed as a Goods Transaction]

4) Send via check or money order to:
Peaceful Parenting
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
*personal checks will have to clear before Kinderpack is sent; email before sending check so that your new KP is held for you

5) Make payment arrangements and have your new Kinderpack held for you. You may have one on hold for 2 weeks (14 days) and pay in full at that time, or make weekly payments of $30.35 over the course of 8 weeks, and your Kinderpack will ship upon completion ($242.80 total). Email to set up this option.

6) If you are local to Virginia Beach and would like to meet, please email. We have regular fitting dates with parents in the community, attend the majority of maternity and baby expos in the area, and would be happy to meet with you. You may bring cash, pay with a credit card in person, or pay ahead of time with one of the options above. If you are trying to decide between Kinderpacks / sizes, let us know and we'll bring all you're interested in.



Fly By Night Duo - Infant Plus

In the Round - Infant Plus with Koolnit

Elephant Romp - Infant Plus with Koolnit

🕸🕸 Webs We Weave Limited Edition - Infant Plus with Koolnit 🕸🕸
(Glow-in-the-dark white webs on black fabric!)

🕸🕸 Webs We Weave Limited Edition - Infant Standard with Koolnit 🕸🕸
(Glow-in-the-dark white webs on black fabric!)

Clementine - Infant Plus with Koolnit

Sky High - Infant Standard with Koolnit

 Indigo Bloom - Infant Plus
(2 fabric placement options)

Indigo Bloom - Infant Standard

Alice [in Wonderland] - Infant Plus

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid - Infant Standard

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid - Infant Plus

Brilliant Beards - Infant Plus with Koolnit

Dino-Mite - Infant Plus with Koolnit

Posey Pinwheel Duo - Infant Plus
rare print duo - $240, includes shipping

The Good Fight Duo [Breast Cancer Awareness/Support] - Infant Plus
This one-time Kinderpack was made in honor and support of Mel's friend, Becky:

The Good Fight Duo [Breast Cancer Awareness/Support] - Infant Standard
This one-time Kinderpack was made in honor and support of Mel's friend, Becky:

Black - Infant Standard with Koolnit

Fairytale - Infant Plus with Koolnit
pending family in California until 10.30

Batik Roses - Infant Plus (full panel)
*Retired Print*
pending family overseas APO until 12.4

Fairytale - Infant Plus
pending family in Montana until 12.18


Skulls and Roses - Standard Plus with Koolnit

Twilight - Standard Plus with Koolnit

Shark Attack - Standard Plus with Koolnit
*Retired Print*

Superkids - Standard Plus with Koolnit

Regatta - Standard Plus with Koolnit

In the Round - Standard Plus with Koolnit

Clementine - Standard Plus with Koolnit

Riptide - Standard Plus with Koolnit
(pack has coveted aqua mermaid tails on side panel)
(3 fabric placement options)

Constellations - Standard Plus with Koolnit
(very hard to access print, special glow in the dark fabric that retails higher - $240, includes shipping)

Fantasy Forest - Standard Standard with Koolnit

Synergy - Standard Standard with Aqua Koolnit
*Retired Print*

Aqua Bubbles - Standard Standard with Koolnit

Batik Roses - Standard Plus (full panel)
*Retired Print*

Heartland - Standard Plus with Koolnit
(semi-retired - fabric no longer made)
(2 fabric placement options)

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid - Standard Plus (full panel)

Black - Standard Standard with Koolnit

Black - Standard Plus with Koolnit

Chesapeake - Standard Plus with Koolnit

Terrapin - Standard Plus with Koolnit

Pounce!  Standard Plus with Koolnit
Retired Print

Fly By Night Duo - Standard Plus

Fairytale - Standard Standard (full panel)


Hop To It - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

DIY Butterfly - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
(this carrier can be colored to fit your style with fabric markers)
*Retired Print*

Party Hearty - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
*Retired Print*

Lotis - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

Rhino Romp - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

Shark Attack - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
*Retired Print*

Chesapeake - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

Blue Poppies - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
(special textured Japanese linen fabric)

Midnight Floral - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

Synergy - Toddler Standard
*Retired Print*

Bearly Sleeping - Toddler Standard with Koolnit

Dino-Mite - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

Heartland - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
(semi-retired - fabric no longer made)

Aqua Bubbles - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

Monster Mash - Toddler Standard with Koolnit
*Retired Print, 2014 - very hard to access - $245, includes shipping

Clementine - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

Indigo Bloom - Toddler Plus

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid - Toddler Standard

Terrapin - Toddler Plus with Koolnit 

Black - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

Skulls and Roses - Toddler Plus with Koolnit

🕸🕸 Webs We Weave Limited Edition - Toddler Plus with Koolnit 🕸🕸
(Glow-in-the-dark white webs on black fabric!)

Regatta - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
(2 fabric placement options)

Riptide - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
(2 fabric placement options)

Riptide - Toddler Standard with Koolnit

Voyage - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
(4 fabric placement options)

Batik Roses - Toddler Plus (full panel)
Retired Print

Alice - Toddler Standard (full panel)

Harry Potter Wiz Kid - Toddler Plus (full panel)

Pounce! - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
Retired Print

Fairytale - Toddler Standard (full panel)
pending family in Florida until 11.3

Fly By Night Duo - Toddler Plus
pending family in Louisiana until 12.15


Skulls and Roses - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Geared Up - Preschool Plus with Koolnit
*Retired Print*

Artemis [Arrows] - Preschool Plus with Koolnit
Arrows are shimmery metallic gold - sparkle in sunlight.

Chesapeake - Preschool Standard with Koolnit

Serengeti - Preschool Plus with Koolnit
*1-time release with orange/blue KN; Retired Print*

Twilight - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Narwhal - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Voyage - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Constellations - Preschool Standard (full panel)
(very hard to access print, special glow in the dark fabric that costs more to make - $260, shipping included)

Regatta - Preschool Standard with Koolnit

Fantasy Forest - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Safari - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Aqua Bubbles - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Indigo Bloom - Preschool Plus (full panel)

Alice [in Wonderland]- Preschool Plus (full panel)

Brilliant Beards - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Inked - Preschool Standard with Koolnit

Heartland - Preschool Standard with Koolnit
(semi-retired - fabric no longer made)

Dino-Mite - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Terrapin - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Terrapin - Preschool Standard with Koolnit

Zombie Apocalypse 2 - Preschool Plus (full panel)

The Good Fight Duo [Breast Cancer Awareness/Support] - Preschool Standard
This one-time Kinderpack was made in honor and support of Mel's friend, Becky, who you can read about here:

Black - Preschool Standard with Koolnit

Rhino Romp - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Fairytale - Preschool Standard
(option one)

Posey Pinwheel Duo - Preschool Plus
$240, includes shipping

Riptide - Preschool Plus with Koolnit

Fairytale - Preschool Standard
(option two)

Hollow Limited Edition - Preschool Standard with Koolnit
(Limited Edition, $240, includes shipping)

🕸🕸 Webs We Weave Limited Edition - Preschool Standard with Koolnit 🕸🕸
(Glow-in-the-dark white webs on black fabric!)

Fly By Night Duo - Preschool Standard
(full panel owls)

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid - Preschool Plus

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid - Preschool Standard


All babywearing families are welcome to join the B/S/T/Chat KP group on Facebook

Where our Kinderpacks have gone... Please feel free to drop us a note or share a photo anytime ( We love connecting with families and seeing your little ones grow, wrapped up in love. ♥ Thank you for letting us be a part of your babywearing adventure!

In Focus (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

Little Wing (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Georgia family

Dino-Mite (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - California family

Adorned (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Michigan family

Terrapin (Infant Standard, Koolnit) - Virginia family

Terrapin (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Hong Kong family

Chesapeake (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Georgia family

Mermaids (Infant Plus) - Spain family

Summit (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Alaska family

Skulls and Roses (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Oregon family

Fairytale (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

Heartland (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - South Carolina family

Riptide (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Constellations (Infant Plus) - Missouri family

Sky High (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Preschool Standard) - North Carolina family

Shark Attack (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Tennessee family

Constellations (Preschool Standard) - Washington family

Derby (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Germany family

Regatta (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - New Mexico family

SuperKids (Infant Standard, Koolnit) - California family

Summit (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Australia family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Preschool Standard) - Alberta, Canada family

Riptide (Standard Standard, Koolnit) - California family

Shady Savannah (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Ohio family

Dino-Mite (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Michigan family

In Focus (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Washington family

Bearly Sleeping (Standard Standard, Koolnit) - Singapore family

Zombie Apocalypse 2 (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Virginia family

Shady Savannah (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Arkansas family

Riptide (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Illinois family

Twilight (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Minnesota family

Riptide (Toddler Plus) - Virginia family

Blue Poppies (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Virginia family

Shark Plank Duo (Toddler Plus) - Virginia family

Heartland (Preschool Standard) - Virginia family

Constellations (Preschool Plus) - Virginia family

Used KPs to orphanage volunteers in Uganda, Mongolia, Indonesia, Philippines, Haiti ♥

Straps: Standard and Plus (4 extra inches of padding)

Perfect Fit Adjusters
(making plus straps perfect for every babywearer)



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