Joe turned 2 this past Saturday. I feel like this picture says “Here’s looking at YOU, mom! I’m two and I love my milkies!”
Last Thursday, bloggers from around the world came together in a show of support for breastfeeding mothers. New mothers have enough challenges without having to feel guilty for how they feed their baby, especially when they are choosing the most natural of means – breastfeeding.
Over the last few days there has been a lot of heated debates, controversial posts, and social media outcry against the position that the Weston A. Price Foundation takes on breastfeeding. While they do present sound information on the ideal diet for a human adult, they do so in a manner that brings about guilt, fear, and confusion for mothers.
The bloggers who participated in the Breastfeeding Support Blog Party are not trying to create a divide between mothers. We simply want to offer support, in the form of blog posts, as to why breastfeeding should always be the first choice both for baby and mama.
We hope you take some time to read the posts that were written as part of the Blog Party. There are also over 140 posts linked up as part of this. Take some time to check them out here or link up your own breastfeeding support post!
Dionna at Code Name: Mama has come up with 40 ways that family, friends, coworkers and employers can support mothers who pump breastmilk, along with a ton of resources for you and the pumping mom in your life. There are also some fun graphics you can print and pass out, with 70% of all proceeds going to buy pumps for moms in domestic violence shelters!
Angela at EarthMamas World discusses a few of the most common problems that a mama may encounter while breastfeeding. Angela also shares natural remedies for each of these breastfeeding problems!
Julia at A Little Bit of All of It shares ways breastfeeding and breastmilk are unique and special in a way only they can be.
Amy W. at Natural Parents Network shares 5 scientific reasons that mother’s milk is an unequaled form of nutrition and nurture: so awesome, and so unique!
Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares the questions (and answers) about breastfeeding she wished she had a friend to answer for her before becoming a mama.
Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter choose to breastfeed her children in part because it’s easier than bottle feeding, not to mention that it is the best nutrition for babies, that it has health benefits for both mother and child, that it encourages bonding, and of course that it’s free! Basically breastmilk is the ultimate convenience food.
This week has been rather crazy, with two illnesses (Abbey’s quite swift, and Joseph’s quite startling and sad), news that daddy is headed home from his boat with a broken foot (from playing street hockey with the guys from the boat), and me getting sick, too! In between all the craziness we had some fun play dates and dinners with our friends from the neighborhood, so all in all it was a good week.
I could have done without the sickness, though.
Oh, and I could have done without the snowstorm. I’m done with snow.
Abbey and Joe making faces and giggling incessantly while I worked on papers for my college classes.
Abbey making a funny face at our lunch date after Mass on Sunday. She and Joe love to make their own salads. Maybe her face is saying “Don’t steal my carrots!” LOL
Silly Joe and his friend Larry hiding with their juice cups
Our whole neighborhood gang of ruffigans showing off their table manners
Silly Kiddos dancing Dance Central on the X-Box at a friend’s house.
they were having so much fun!
I should have known we were destined for a sick-day when Joe was yawning like this at 8:10 AM.
Catching some comfort at mamas breast
(for the next 24 hours, he refused to nurse because it caused him too much pain to suck. Poor guy!)
He’s nursing again now
Toddler falls asleep at 9:00 AM. Theeeeeere’s your sign that he’s not feeling well.
Poor feverish boy
Abbey playing a Sophia the First game on my iPad while Joseph napped
(subsequent days of the illness, he did NOT nap. . . )
All wrapped up in three blankets after a warm comforting bath
Playing and starting to feel better.
That was our week! How was YOURS?!
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!
Here is a frequent comment that I get when the conversation turns to breastfeeding and my experience with advocacy for nursing freedom (and the right of every mother and baby to nurse in public at will):
“Why is it such a big deal for mothers to do what mothers have done for their children for hundreds of thousands of years?”
I do an inner happy-dance when I hear that kind of response, because it indicates that the person speaking respects breastfeeding as a normal occurrence. YESSSSSSS! *happy dance*
I always respond with “I’m so glad that you see nursing as normal! Unfortunately, many others in our society misunderstand the normalcy of nursing and think that it is in some way inappropriate. Would you like to hear of some ways that you can help to re-educate people to understand that nursing is normal?”
So, what about YOU? Are you interested in some ways to educate to the normalcy of nursing and it’s importance for our culture’s public health? Here are a couple things you can do RIGHT NOW:
- Please take a few moments and sign the petition to develop and line of postage stamps that normalize breastfeeding!
- And while you’re at it, take just one more minute of your time and join with the United States Breastfeed Committee in welcoming a new session of Congress and reminding Congress that “breastfeeding saves dollars and makes sense!”
Thanks for your support! Normalizing nursing is so important to our culture’s public health and to our little ones and families. I hate hearing of even one mother looked down upon, given false information, or harassed because of their gift of nursing their baby. Let’s make a world where we don’t have to hear those stories anymore!!!!!
I have gotten SO behind in my Mamatography posts. So, here’s a catch up of what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks – the end of Fall, 2012.
At the tail end of the Fall season up here in Maine, we had a photo shoot with a friend and fellow Coast Guard wife, Kim Howell. You can follow her on Twitter @KimHowellPhotog
She captured some really fantastic photographs of the family, and we enjoyed the shoot a lot!
Abbey even got to clicking. . . capturing this iPhone photo of our feet as we posed for some pics sans kids.
Ah, the token nursing pic. Thank you, Kim, for snapping this one! So sweet!
After this beautiful (warm) fall day, it started getting windy and cold! On into the Winter season for us transplanted Mainers!
That was our last week of fall. How have your weeks been lately?
I have some good newsfrom lactation world to share with you this friday!