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** Ladies, please note the error in the card on this post has been updated on the blog. So the cards on the blog (public domain) are ready for use!! Much love to all the breastfeeding mommas out there! 

This card is public domain. I put two different versions on my blog that you can use. Share it with other breastfeeding mothers so they know what to say if they hear that unfortunate sentence, “You can’t do that here." 

Thanks and I hope this helps breastfeeding moms build the confidence they need to breastfeed in public without an ounce of shame. 

Cheers to all the moms out there who think breast is best! 

Blog with cards on it that you can download: http://lmarelli.blogspot.com/2013/05/breastfeeding-know-your-rights.html

2015 update – Attention VIRGINIA USA moms – here is a card specific to your state and in espanol~! 

http://lbmarelli.tumblr.com/post/124195739126/recently-i-was-contacted-by-a-wic-breastfeeding

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I know I’ve talked a lot about weaning Daisy lately, but honestly, I don’t think that it’s going to happen anytime soon. I love the bond that we have through breastfeeding, that we just didn’t have at the times when I couldn’t feed her. 

Even whilst I was pregnant, I thought I would wean Daisy as soon as she could ask for it. I thought that as soon as she was a toddler, my milk wouldn’t make a difference to her any more and I would stop and give her another milk. I was so pro-breastfeeding, I would argue with anyone who told me that I wouldn’t want to breastfeed once she was here, or that I would find it too hard and give up, so is it really any wonder that people who don’t understand how great breastfeeding can be for toddlers are so “against” it? 

So here it is:
As Daisy is turning into that every rough and tumble toddler that we all love, my milk is changing for her too. It’s still so full of nutrients, in fact, it her second year 448ml of breastmilk (about how much she drinks in a day) contains:

- 29% of energy requirements 
-43% of protein requirements
- 36% of calcium requirements
- 75% of vitamin A requirements
- 76% of folate requirements 
- 94% of vitamin b12 requirements
- 60% of vitamin C requirements 
- (Dewey 2001)

Also, according to the World Health Organization, “a modest increase in breastfeeding rates could prevent up to 10% of all deaths in children under five: Breastfeeding plays an essential and sometimes underestimated role in the treatment and prevention of childhood illness” As a mother who has experienced a child on deaths door, I know how really important this is. Breastfeeding literally saves lives. How? 

Upon breastfeeding, a mother is not only passing on so much nourishment to her child, but she is also feeding her baby with so very valuable antibodies. All of the antibodies that she has, and any that her body makes when she comes into contact with a virus, will be passed through to her child in her milk. At the tender age of just one year old, a baby has a immune system that is only functioning at 60% of it’s capacity. By now your little one will be coming into contact with lots of different viruses every day, as they begin to explore the world around them more and more, so why not continue to help them with the protection that you can give to them? 

There are literally so many more things that I could list off that could explain to you why breastfeeding your toddler is such a great thing to do, including so many benefits for mamas (helping to prevent and reduce the risks of cancer, delaying menstration and weight loss just to name a few), making your kid smarter (research has shown that longer breastfed children are more likely to have higher IQ’s) and the fact that I have never had to use a dummy/paci and my child can drink straight from cups or water bottles but at the end of the day, one small post on Tumblr only seen by a handful of people isn’t going to help educate people about the benefits of breastfeeding past infancy. 

What can? You. 
Talk about it. 
Nurse in public. 
Don’t be ashamed and hold your head up high. 

Us nursing mothers are the only thing that can change people’s opinions now, we have the science, but people need to see that this is normal. People need to see that this a thing that so many families do, they need to see that it is the norm. 

Keep calm ladies, and carry on breastfeeding. 



The source for any of my info can be found here:
kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/ebf-benefits

I’m posting this because I almost didn’t. This is 100% an accurate depiction of my life. I tried on some things I got today and when I’m looking at myself in the mirror, she wants to come too. Every thing i do is “baby too?” She helps herself to a snack while I snap a photo, this is my depiction of motherhood. She’s with me the better part of always. Coming up on 2 years for her in a few days and I realized how long we’ve been breastfeeding. 274 days, today. She still nurses all the time, she still nurses to sleep for a nap & bedtime, when she’s upset, when she’s cranky, when she gets hurt. This is our normal and the older she gets, the more I think about how much longer will she want to? Some days it feels like she’ll go on forever…can’t even see an end in sight…and it’s frustrating, but in the most hypocritical way because I know she will one day not need that comfort anymore - and it will be the most bittersweet, heartbreaking, freeing feeling, maybe of my life. So while she wants to, while she feels she needs to, while I feel deep down that I need to, my plan is to let her. And during this time, I will not be overly reserved about it or hide it because I’m SO proud of us and our success, and I think it’s important for people to be comfortable seeing a mother feed her child in this way because it’s nothing to feel shame over. This bond has taught me so much about embracing my body and being a mother and feeling connected to life all around us, how could I ever want to keep it a secret? It’s become so much of my everyday life that I’m happy to be a part of diminishing any stigma that may still exist about breastfeeding long term or in general. 💞 #motherhoodrising #normalizebreastfeeding #ebf #bodypositivity #bosomnectar #extendedbreastfeeding

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Made waves yesterday at the @EdmontonTattoo fest w @SweetCarousel #Corsetry & the @EdmontonBurlesqueFestival!
#albertabound #edmontontattoofest #sweetcarousel #edmontonburlesquefest #ebf #yegevents #corset #burlesque #pinup #showgirl #costume #steelboned #waisttraining #pasties #garters #retro #lingerie

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I’ve been debating on whether or not I wanted to share this photo. Many of our family and friends aren’t aware of the struggles that Addison and I went through to create a lasting, and strong breastfeeding relationship. My sweet girl was hypoglycemic, underweight, and pretty much force fed formula in the hospital. She struggled with latching because of nipple confusion (after the formula), and we used a nipple shield for 16 weeks–I was just brave enough to remove it from my diaper bag last week! She wasn’t allowed to nurse at all in the PICU when she was in heart failure. I am so proud of the both of us for never giving up. Breastfeeding has become one of the greatest joys of my life. I’m so proud that my body, which housed and grew her, can now give my baby everything she needs. I have never and will never be ashamed to nurse my princess (be it for comfort or hunger) in any situation. We don’t use a cover, and we nurse on demand–just like God intended. #normalizebreastfeeding #breastisbest #babyaddison #princessaddison #exclusivelybreastfeeding #ebf #milkprincess #attachmentparenting

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Multitasking :)
One of the things that has been a big adjustment since Javier has been gone is trying to figure out ways to get things done when my baby girl just wants to cuddle. Baby wearing has seriously been the most amazing thing.
We are in Oregon, outside of her normal home and routine so she has been a little more clingy. On top of that I’m still sticking to my #whole30. So this morning I was making tomato soup for the week and she just wasn’t having it. Stuck her in the ergo and let her nurse while I finished cooking and she was fine! #diandragetsfit

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And to think there was once a point in time early in my breastfeeding journey that I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to make enough milk for my #babyblastoise 🍼🍼 and here I am feeding my baby #nephew #aydenfern as well! 💪🏾 #brownwomendobreastfeed #breastfeeding #tandemnursing #nursing #ebf #veganbaby #veggiebaby #7monthsold #3monthsold #clothdiapers #clothnappies #brownwomendoclothdiaper #bosomnectar

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