Breastfeeding Awareness Month

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Despite breastfeeding being a natural part of motherhood, it is still often seen as taboo. 

A group of moms, with the help of photographer Nicki Kaylor, set out to highlight the rude comments they’ve heard. The series, called Latched with Love, is meant to normalize the practice and help keep other mothers from feeling ashamed to do so in public. 

Photos courtesy of Nicki Kaylor Photography

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month so to kick it off, here’s a picture taken today of my little nursling just 1 day shy of turning 14 months old! 💕
It has been a very easy road for us and I’m so blessed for that. Not one drop of formula, growing this little bebe and feeding him through infancy was all me. This is a bond like I never knew could exist and the end is no where in sight.

Today I did a pram walk through Liverpool as part of breastfeeding awareness month and it was lovely. Over 100 mums showed up and we had a picnic at the end and everyone just shared stories and supported each other and it was honestly so nice. But it had so much press coverage and it’s been shared on quite a big newspaper’s Facebook and some of the comments I’ve seen on it (the majority from men who will never breastfeed) have really got on my nerves. We weren’t protesting anything, it was to raise awareness of the fact that some people still make breastfeeding mums uncomfortable and to try to normalise it more in order to avoid silly comments like the ones that have been made.

There should be a law against stupidity. / Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Apparently, August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

That’s fine. Totally cool. I mean - we’ve got national Pie Day and probably a bunch of other useless awareness months more. Don’t get me wrong: every day should be national pie day.

Anyway. Let’s dig out some old news and ask ourselves: “Is it really legal to walk around with an IQ less than your shoe size?”

Because that’s exactly the kind of question that pops into my head when I think about Gisele Bündchen. She’s as stupid as she’s pretty, and boy she’s got killer looks.

A while ago she said: “There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies.”

Yes. Breastfeeding is definitely the best option for your baby. But this brainless, narcissistic walking stick forgot a few things in her senseless statement: Not every woman is physically able to breastfeed their baby. Not every woman wants to breastfeed their baby.

Seriously. A law that mothers should breastfeed their babies? A LAW?! So - if I can’t breastfeed I’m a terrible mother and deserve to be punished? Thank god that this woman is in no position to make/change any laws.

Gisele Bündchen: “Some people think they don’t have to breastfeed. I think: ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little?’ ”

I’m not really sure what kind of chemicals this woman is talking about, but I’m pretty damn certain I didn’t feed my baby any life-threatening formula.

About me:

Why did I choose formula over breastfeeding?
-My body took that decision from me. Some myth says: the bigger your boobs, the more milk you’ll produce. I call bullshit. From breastmilk alone, my daughter would’ve starved within less than 2 days. I had to give my baby formula.

Would I judge people if they denied breastfeeding from the beginning?
-I never judge people. Unless they’re idiotic enough to believe that they have any damn right to tell people what to do. In my birthing class was a mommy-to-be and her nipples were always sensitive and sore to the point where she cried. She was scared of having to breastfeed her baby. Why? Because she knew it would hurt her. Breastfeeding is supposed to build a special connection between a mother and her baby. Pain and being uncomfortable is the wrong way to achieve that. My own daughter and I still have a very special bond - because love’s the magic key and not if you shove a silicon nipple or a human nipple into the baby’s hungry mouth. Other than that: my kid’s pretty damn healthy for a formula-baby. Well… must be the chemicals, she’s probably a genetic superfreak now. I’ll let everyone know when she starts crawling up walls with her bare hands.

A 2001 World Health Organization (WHO) report found that infant formula prepared in accordance with applicable Codex Alimentarius standards was a safe complementary food and a suitable breast milk substitute.

The U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) defines infant formula as “a food which purports to be or is represented for special dietary use solely as a food for infants by reason of its simulation of human milk or its suitability as a complete or partial substitute for human milk”.

We love our children and we only want what’s best for them. But also: as a mother you get to decide what’s best for your child. And for my child it was best to be fed formula.

Every mother has the right to decide how, what and where she’s feeding her babies.

On the same note: Breastfeeding and/or bottle-feeding in public? I want to smack everyone who looks down at a mother in disgust because she’s got to get her tatas out to feed her baby. It’s the most normal and natural thing in the world. I guess some people have simply forgotten that breats are not only objects of sexual desire.

YAY FOR BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS!

YAY FOR FORMULA SO BABIES DON’T HAVE TO STARVE!

NAY FOR IDIOTS!