Happy Monday everyone!
How was your weekend? Where did you nurse? Our weekend was good, mostly, except for this nasty case of poison oak that just popped up today from a nature walk we did this weekend. I am pretty sure the little stick that my toddler picked up and waved around as I carried her was poison oak twig, but you can’t tell when the leaves are off.
Of course she was nursing on and off the entire walk so she covered my entire chest, neck, and chin with poison oak oil. If you’ve ever had poison oak on your chest while you were still breastfeeding, let me know how you got through it without nearing a break in your sanity. She EVEN got it on my nipple and I have to do everything I can not to scratch my skin off when my girls are nursing and rubbing their heavy, scratchy heads on my “ouchies” as I call my rash. (Also, the rash is not contagious. I looked it up. But I still wear a shirt and lift up from the bottom to minimize their contact.)
My brain still is having a hard time wrapping around the inability of some to separate sexual images of women from natural, beautiful mothering. Can you tell that I am still upset about my relative who can’t look at me while I’m nursing or talk to me on Facebook for fear of seeing a nursing photo?
I saw this cover today and thought, “Soooo this Dec 2012 cover of GQ with a naked Rihanna is OK for public consumption, for the male gaze as well as anyone checking out at the grocery store, but seeing a breastfeeding mother is not?”
I call BS.
This mother, Vida Montessori, can be both. Look at her breastfeeding at Pinones, Puerto Rico. She is gorgeous!
Anyway, I guess I will just have to keep being who I am and let any unsupportive people in my life fall away.
Have you seen this post about the history of formula and why so many mothers hate the formula companies and Nestle, what the Nestle Boycott is all about?
My blog isn’t about hating on mothers who formula feed. I do find facts on the history of formula and the risks of formula interesting. Why? Because as a mother of children who could have been formula fed if I was unable to breastfeed (because I wasn’t informed of donor milk with #1), I am shocked that the information about the risks and history of formula isn’t more readily available. When a mother is given a can of free formula at the hospital (like I was with my first birth), she isn’t given an informational packet with the risks, the history, the best formulas based on studies, etc. She is just given a can for “just in case” with no mention of donor milk being a real world alternative.
Formula companies need to be held accountable. There are too many recalls. Too many companies pump way more sugar in there than they need to (when you compare them to other formula brands on the shelf). Where is the regulation? Don’t our children deserve a better system, better formula, better access to donor milk?
This logo is the Boycott badge Nasty Nestlé from Baby Milk Action.
Speaking of Nestlé, did you hear that Nestlé bought a seat at the policy-making table of the World Health Organization (WHO)?
Sad news for mothers across the world.
What do you think about older mothers nursing? Seems natural right? I would like to give older moms high fives because nursing is exhausting work and I can’t imagine being double my age and still nursing. Well, some people think older mothers who breastfeed are just gross and somehow think boobs have an expiration date. They also think children should stop nursing when they reach some magical age or stage in their development. Not to mention, they think all mothers should cover up.
How long a mother chooses to nurse is between the child and the mother. Period.
I saw this article this week and thought it was worth a share.
A quote from the mother:
“We have a story and she falls asleep on my breast,” says Maha, whose toned, tanned, natural beauty belies her age.“It’s this beautiful, quiet, connected, meditative space where she goes off into dreamland. “It’s so lovely to have my milkies right here. They never go missing, they’re always ready, always warm and available and full of nutrients.” Maha didn’t set out to feed her daughter for four years, or to have a baby at 46, but she knows it all feels natural and very right.
Let me just leave you with this lovely professional breastfeeding portrait by Blue Silk Photography.
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