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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Truly Breastfeeding-Friendly World!

Though I have not myself ever breastfed a child, it is something I have looked forward to, with great anticipation, for many years.

I became interested in breastfeeding several years ago, and proceeded to do a ton of research on it. The idea that your own body could make food to grow and nourish your child was absolutely amazing to me.

But quickly I realized that breastfeeding is a bit controversial in our society. To do it or not to do it in public? To cover up or not cover up? To wean at 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 24 months . . . To breastfeed if the baby is not gaining well, or gaining too well, if it isn't sleeping through the night . . . There seems to be plenty of people, doctors included, who don't really understand or support breastfeeding, especially in any extenuating circumstances, and the answer to any problem with a breastfeeding baby always seems to be: wean the baby.

I will not go too into my personal plans with breastfeeding--I will let things happen as they happen. But I did LOVE the following article:

Breastfeeding in the land of Genghis Khan

Imagine a world where everyone REALLY loved and valued breastfeeding for the health act that it is?


DNineMoons said...

I also enjoyed this article, thanks for sharing! Who knew I'd end up on the same page as you in terms of all these pregnancy related things!

justadrienne said...

LOL! Not me! You know, you yourself were very attached to breastfeeding so maybe it is in your blood. ;-)

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