Did you know that August is breastfeeding awareness month? No? Well, boobs feed babies – now we’re all aware.
I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate with breastfeeding awareness. On one hand I think it’s fantastic that there’s a whole moment that encourages and supports women that choose to breastfeed. There needs to be more. More support when it’s hard and shitty. More people that stand up to corporations or douches at the mall who still can’t seem to separate feeding an infant from a sexual display. More acceptance from generations who were told formula was the sensible way to feed a baby and that breastfeeding was for poor people.
On the other hand, we always need to remember that not everyone chooses to breastfeed or can breastfeed. This is where I think some people forget who their audience is when they are screaming breast is best from the tallest tower and hand out pamphlets saying babies that aren’t breastfed won’t be as smart, or will be fat, or will grow a tail, all because they were fed formula. It really doesn’t help. It just makes people feel shitty, defensive and inferior and I don’t think that’s the kind of awareness we want to spread.
So in honour of breastfeeding month I’ve pulled together some killer baby feeding posts, articles, tips and the rest of it.
Let’s talk tits!
I thought this article on Huffington Post called Milk Drunk was just outstanding.
Kim Simon writes about her struggle with having to formula feed her first child, then the desperate desire to try again the second time around.
There are many articles out there where women overcome the challenges that can come with breastfeeding, but I find a lot of them don’t look back.
Kim just *gets it*.
Here’s a handy little site called, PumpingEssentials.com.
Under the new Affordable Healthcare Act, most companies will cover the cost of a breast pump. Of course as soon as you say “insurance” you know that crap is going to be complicated, so these guys let you pick out the pump you want and they fill out all the paperwork.
It works out for them because they are getting paid by the insurance companies and you are getting the pump of your choice – all without the headache of figuring out all the red tape that comes with getting one through insurance.
It’s like a service they provide for shopping at their store except it doesn’t cost you anything extra.
Nursing the Baby, Lilla Cabot Perry, c. 1906. Pastel on paper.
I always love when people get their knickers in a knot about breastfeeding in public and that it’s obscene somehow.
Up until recently it was the only way to feed a baby. If you couldn’t breastfeed your baby, or pay someone to do it, your baby probably didn’t live – that’s why formula was such an unbelievable and important breakthrough. Back then, breastfeeding a baby was pretty common place and boobs weren’t as much of a big deal. Frankly, ankles got more gasps.
That’s why I just love this Pinterest board of Period Breastfeeding Images.
It makes for a good reminder that not that long ago – just like organic food was just considered “food” – breastfeeding your baby was just considered “feeding”.
If you haven’t already seen this spoken word video from Hollie McNish on YouTube, you should really check it out.
It’s all about the realization that feeding a baby sitting on the toilet is crazy and that we are surrounded by images of breasts every single day.
She has a way with words I tell ya.
This guy, Matt Walsh, gets a slow, standing clap from me with this article, We must stop these crazed half naked psychopaths from feeding their children in front of other people!
” What the hell is wrong with us? We’ve made porn into a billion dollar industry, we put sex into everything from fast food advertisements to family TV shows, we allow our daughters to idolize teenage pop stars who dress like hookers and sing about fornication; we are a culture that is permissive, hyper sexual and overtly hedonistic, yet, in spite of all of this, BREASTFEEDING is somehow offensive to us. We suffer from a special brand of insanity, so unique that it needs its own name: Progressive Puritanism. For the most part we carry on like we’re living in Sodom or Gomorrah, but if someone goes really crazy and decides to feed their child in sight of other humans, all of the sudden we turn into Victorian prudes. It doesn’t make any sense.”
After reading this article I want to give an air punch like Judd Nelson at the end of the Breakfast Club.
I found this really interesting article on Birthing Without Fear about a little known condition called Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex or D-MER.
It’s when you get a wave of negative feelings and emotions just as your milk lets down then dissipates.
I had no idea a condition like this even existed so I can’t imaging how unnerving it must be if you’re going though it.
As with most things, knowing that it’s a *thing* really helps.
Figured it was worth a heads-up.
Another thing that I wasn’t aware of was re-lactation until some of you started asking about it on the Ask the Chicks board.
Turns out that it’s actually possible to kick start your milk production after the taps have been turned off which I find both cool and amazing.
You can check out the whole article on the Leaky Boob.
Yep, this totally sums it up for me.
How many 3am feedings did I wish this could hppen?
I wanted to give a shout out to some amazing sites that are such a great resource for getting babies fed.
La Leche League: SITE
I also wanted to remind you about the Ask the Chicks board and archives. Breastfeeding questions are the number one questions asked on the board (sleep being number two) and there are some amazing answers from women going though the exact same things you are, so check it out.
Holy Hanna Montana, how in the hell did I not know about this video?! Thanks, Jeni for giving me the heads up.
As always, pass along anything you’ve found helpful!
Viva la boob!