Friday, March 26, 2010
I have very strong opinions about breastfeeding. I also have very strong opinions about choices. Sometimes, these two opinions clash. I have breastfed both my sons...in fact I breastfed my youngest-23months old- three times last night. I do get frustrated when I hear mothers complain about how much time their infant needs to eat. How many times they woke up to nurse their baby last night. Admitting that they were not prepared for the night wakings, and that they had heard they 'only had to get through 8 weeks' and then it would get easier. I'm not frustrated with these mothers themselves...for I have had the same thoughts run through my own mind...I'm frustrated that somewhere along the way we've convinced mother's that breastfeeding is easy. Breastfeeding is NOT easy. Breastfeeding is best.
So back to supporting a woman's choice. What I have come to understand, is that I can only support a woman's choices if they are informed. That being said...if a woman struggles with breastfeeding for 3 to 4 months and is under the impression that her baby should be sleeping through the night, nursing on a schedule, and content at the breast by this time;then chooses to switch to formula because her and her baby are not 'meeting these standards' is that choice informed? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
On a more positive note...I received the most heart warming email from a participant of the Better Babies Pregnancy Outreach program I work with at the Fernie Women's Resource Centre. Another participant was having problems with milk supply, and I witnessed a breast milk exchange in front of my eyes. I am so proud to be a part of a program that facilitates this type of discussion, and works to break down the barriers of our breastfeeding past. We belong to a sisterhood of mother's who, in our past, would not think twice to put our sister's child to our own breast. We ourselves,woman, use to be the formula for infant feeding. In Fernie...we're bringing back our history!
I've been glowing with pride since offering my breast milk to her. Who would have thought these little boobs could do such good! My Husband thinks it's awesome but we both agree that I really am like a cow now. Hook me up mooooo. Anyway, I think this could be a blog topic for you. Make mom's aware that this is possible. I'm going to try to increase my supply since at the moment I can only give her 5oz a day. I'd love to get to 10oz. I hope to make it this afternoon. It's in the schedule!