Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Week!

I just found out this is Breastfeeding Awareness Week.  I want you all to be aware of the benefits of breastfeeding and then make the best choice for you and your child, whether that means to try to nurse until you have gouges in your nips, not to ever try breastfeeding at all, to nurse until baby is 5, to exclusively pump, to take supplements, to wean at a certain age...whatever it means, just be aware there are benefits to breastfeeding.  And whatever you choose, I applaud you for doing what's best for you and your child.  Really.  I believe breastfeeding is what is right for our family, but know that it isn't right for everyone.  It's okay to differ on this subject!

I just read a fabulous blog post (all of her posts are fabulous--if you need another blog to read, please check out's witty, dry, and intelligent).  I think it's absolutely right to aim the discussion in that direction, rather than to tell everyone that breast is always best, no matter what.

So good for you, mom.  However you choose to feed your baby!


Cassie said...

As someone who struggled right off with breastfeeding and stopped (TWICE), I'm so glad to hear this attitude from a champion breastfeeder. :) I read Julie's post earlier today, and you're right: It was fantastic. What's important is that our little loves are getting the nutrition they need, however that nutrition gets into their bodies.

And by the way, good for you for doing it for MORE THAN A YEAR NOW! You are amazing.

Brooke said...

You rock for being able to breastfeed for as long as you have. I admire you! Julie's post is almost exactly what I needed to read/hear right now. It's hard to move past the guilt, but it's so nice to hear someone else say how little it will matter later on. Thanks.