Thursday, July 23, 2009

Breastfeeding

At lunchtime today, I went for a talk by BMSG (Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group). I didn’t learn anything new, but I enjoyed listening to women talk about their positive experiences with breastfeeding.

I have had no problems with breastfeeding. I have breastfed Ryan for 6 months since the day he was born and he has not had a drop of formula. I am sure that there are many many many women who have done and are doing the same. Still, I have not had the pleasure of sharing many positive conversations with successful breastfeeders about breastfeeding. Perhaps we are shy, perhaps we are modest, perhaps we are embarrassed, perhaps we are competitive. We shouldn’t be. Being happy about successful breastfeeding doesn't necessarily mean we are showing off.

Breastfeeding is a privilege. It is something that only mothers can share with their babies, and only for a short period in their child's lives. Those who are fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed are the best people to encourage other mothers who want to breastfeed. There is so much misconception and misinformation about breastfeeding which can be addressed if successful breastfeeders are willing and able to share their positive experiences. Breastfeeding doesn’t have to be only about painful nipples, engorged breasts, mastitis, infections, low supply, blocked ducts, leaking breasts, lack of sleep from pumping in the middle of the night, no letdown, etc. There is so much more on the flip side of the coin. Yes, problems may surface from time to time but not for everyone and for those who do encounter these issues, not all the time. With the correct knowledge and the right mindset, breastfeeding is achievable for most people. The greatest obstacle is to give up too easily or too soon. So it is very important to give lots of encouragement and positivity to mothers who are breastfeeding.

So, all you breastfeeding mothers out there... THUMBS UP!

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