Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Normalizing What Is Normal

Google Image breastfeeding. Right now. Seriously. Do it.

Alright. Thank you for obliging. And what did you find? As far as you could scroll? Did you see anything that looked like this:

No. You didn't. That is a picture of a woman smiling at something wearing an apron with something under it. Is she nursing? I don't know. I don't think so. Maybe she's got an oversensitive puppy at a barbeque and wants to avoid a leash. Prove me wrong. Go ahead. How do you know?!

What you found was this:

Pictures that show breastfeeding for what it is. Feeding a child when they are hungry. Period. Whether you're home watching American Horror Story or out having lunch, if your baby is hungry, you feed them. If that is a problem for you, I ask why. What is it that bothers you about a baby eating? Is it boobs? Because you see them as sexual? Alright. Why?

Let me guess. Breasts are for sex? Says.....?

They have also somehow managed to keep the human race alive for thousands of years, way before Uddercovers was handing out free covers (just pay $12 shipping) to all pregnant women. Formula is fantastic, and I won't downplay that at all. If you need it, it is a wonderful food for babies. But if you don't need it, and if you are breastfeeding, our mothers and grandmothers need to see it. Our future daughter in laws, our nieces, our daughters, our friends, need to see it. Our husbands and sons and everyone else needs to as well. Nothing gets normalized by being hidden. Our society has begun to think that artificial is better. That breast milk lacks nutrients. That mothers can't supply the demand. That babies need more. That there is a PROBLEM with it. And that if you are going to do it (gasp), then please cover up or go somewhere else. As I've done before on other topics, again, I call bullshit. Feed your babies whenever, wherever, however you like. It is quite literally a basic human right. Your body grew your baby for 40ish weeks, it certainly has the capability to continue the task.

I have written before about breast milk and nursing, and if you would like information on it and it's benefits, please see or or seek the advice of a local lactation consultant in your area. The purpose of this post is NORMALIZING what is normal. None of us should be fighting or hiding or covering to feed our children. We shouldn't be explaining why we are nursing our babies at 9 days or 9 months or 19 months or 29 months. That is for our children and us to decide. I'm just saying.

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