Monday, June 4, 2012

Pictures and an unrelated rant on breastfeeding


In case you were wondering, I will totally be the mom who dresses her kids in matching stuff. For now anyway. And maybe in high school when they disobey me.


One of my favorite things lately is when we pick Hannah up from school, she has started asking us if we had fun at work. So innocent.

So I just read this article (while I was nursing Maggie to bed). It's about how women don't breastfeed as long as they said they would. And I was like, maybe if we didn't obsess over how natural it is and how all the good moms are doing it. Imagine if we treated marathons like we treat breastfeeding? Guilt everyone into running them and not tell them that, you know, it is a marathon. They will probably be pretty frustrated and confused and full of self doubt. Who wouldn't think: holy crud this race blows, I thought it would be all "natural" or something. 

The truth is, breastfeeding sucks sometimes. It is inconvenient sometimes. And it hurts sometimes. Sometimes a lot. Even after breastfeeding Maggie for a year, I've still ended up in the doctor's office because something went wrong. But people flip out anytime someone complains about breastfeeding, like  honesty discourages women from nursing. Here is a memo to those people: marathon runners crap their pants sometimes. And people can talk about it and (wait for it) other people STILL run marathons. Probably because they know what they are getting themselves into. 

And while I'm on a rant about breastfeeding, this kills me:

"...studies have shown that most mothers in the United States do not breast-feed their babies for the six months that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends."
Six months is EXCLUSIVE breastfeeding. Then you keep breastfeeding while giving solids (hence, the "exclusive" part is dropped). Then you keep breastfeeding as long as baby and mother want to. It isn't like six months is when the AAP says, OK, enough. You guys are done. But journalists quit reading after that line in the recommendation or something.

Also, this is annoying:
"Also helpful in getting new moms to their nursing goals were some of the practices that are part of the "Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative," developed in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund: beginning breast-feeding within an hour of giving birth and babies not  getting formula or pacifiers in the hospital."
This nipple confusion garbage is not substantiated by ANY research. In fact, research pretty much says, stop making stuff up, lactation consultants. 


And don't even get me started on people freaking out about public breastfeeding (get over it, all of you. a baby is eating. that is it.) or about extended breastfeeding (i.e., into toddlerhood). One day, I hope people look back at our bizarre obsession with boobs and shaming moms for everything that they do (breastfeeding in public or past six or twelve months) or don't do (formula feeding ever) and think, whoa I'm glad we aren't that stupid anymore.
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