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Breastfeeding is “da bomb”


I had my children in my mid to late 20’s. I now think it was excellent timing. They are now grown and I am still young and enjoying life. They also have more in common with me because the age difference is not so great and we enjoy many actitivities together.

Anyhow, I want to spread the word about breastfeeding. There is nothing more satisfactory. It is an amazing loving thing to do that ties you even more to your baby. It creates a wonderful bond. It is healthy and practical. Science has shown it creates immunity to diseases and even increases babies’  IQ. Coincidentally, my daughters are very intelligent and in good health, so maybe there is some truth to this.

Don’t let being tired discourage you. I think the fast paced life and work ethic in this country makes it very difficult for mothers to breastfeed. There is almost no paid leave to stay home with newborns so many mothers leave their babies in childcare (which is very expensive) and go back to work really too soon. Others just don’t have the patience and determination to continue breastfeeding. In the beginning it can be a bit painful, but with time and the right technique it becomes natural. If you are lucky to have a supportive husband, it is easier.

Unfortunately, because of American puritanism, breastfeeding in public is not encouraged in America. The comedy “The Hangover” portrayed a hot woman exposing her breast to breastfeed her baby and the horrified reaction of the men watching her.  This is a sad reaction to a natural, necessary and healthy habit that more mothers should engage in. I suggest that, if you need to nurse your baby in public, just cover yourself with a piece of cloth or go to a quiet corner or room. You do not want to offend anyone, it is a question of good manners.

I understand that there are medical reasons not to breastfeed (some medications for chronic diseases gets passed on through breast milk) as well as physical disabilities. But I have met many mothers who just gave up. Or who didn’t feel like being a “slave” to their baby, or were worried about their breasts drooping.

I breastfed both my children for 12 months. But if you do so for 6 months it is already awesome. Even one month is better than nothing. Don’t give up!


October 2, 2007 - Posted by | Being a mother

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