Happy Monday mamas!
There are so many hot breastfeeding stories, news, and links coming my way this morning that I have to share them with you too, right now, and not wait until my usual end of the day Sweet Links post.
Breastfeeding Sweet Links…
Are you in NYC and around this Wednesday? There is going to be a mini-Facebook nurse-in at the American Museum of Natural History on February 29th. Check out details here on my related post, Upcoming Nurse-Ins & Why they are a big deal, and on the Facebook Event Page: Mini NYC Facebook Nurse-In.
In the news:
Marysville Mom Asked Not To Breast-Feed At Columbus Water Park
How absurd is it that a women nursing her baby is asked to stop when everyone else is bouncing around in bikinis, not using their breasts for their *actual* purpose? And she was covered even! Good gracious. Regardless of how nursing in public makes other people feel, it is protected by law, whether the woman is covered or not.
Before I had kids of my own, and probably not until I started nursing my second daughter while tandem nursing my 21 month old, did I really see the true beauty of breastfeeding. Before that, I thought of breastfeeding as something that was necessary and best practice, but in public, well, I was embarrased. I felt like my nursing needed to be hidden away, something that shouldn’t be seen and I knew those feelings were not a good thing. Now I see what incredible dedication this act of love takes in our modern society. To nurse at all, to nurse in public, to nurse past 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2 years, tandem nurse…
I am now able to appreciate this truly amazing thing that my body does for my offspring and myself, what a powerful bond it has formed for us, and how happy and healthy it makes my children.
What pre-baby notions of breastfeeding have changed for you since doing it yourself?
(Inspired from a post in the Great Nurse-In – check ‘em out!)
Early release: new AAP policy on “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk”!! There is finally a consensus on 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding. The AAP is no longer saying 4-6 months. “The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.”
Via Breastfeeding Older Children – Darcia Narvaez, developmental psychologist at Notre Dame University, who advocates parenting practices to approve of:
To help anyone still confused, anyone who may be thinking breastfeeding in public is like defecating in public, urinating in public, or having sex in public, check out The Leaky Boob’s post & awesome charts.
Have you ever experienced depression upon weaning from breastfeeding?