My first child was born on Feb. 16th 2012. As I embark on my breastfeeding adventure, I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of the breastfeeding blog world. For more about me read the About Us section of the blog! This blog is intended to be a place of inspiration and information. It is a place to share stories and ideas. I love hearing from you!
Don’t eat soft cheese, don’t drink alcohol, watch out for mercury in fish, stop smoking, don’t get too much vitamin A, don’t forget folic acid; the list of not to do’s is long and controversial when it comes to having a baby. Of course, we do our best to follow it because the health of our child usually takes precedence over all else.
This made me wonder about all the things we are supposed to do, specifically breastfeeding. There is no argument now that breastfeeding is best. We are inundated with statistics and facts about the benefits of breast milk. We are told to do it exclusively for the first six months of our child’s life. So how often do you see a woman breastfeeding in public? Now that I am blogging about breastfeeding I am on the lookout for women who NIP (nurse in public). Where are they?! I want to see them on the subway, at the restaurant, in the parks!! I’m sure they are out there, I belong to a community of breastfeeding bloggers and I read stories about nursing in public every day. Since I found out that I am expecting my first child, I seem to see dozens of pregnant women and newborns in slings every time I step out of my apartment. Perhaps these breastfeeding women are just really discreet and once I become a breastfeeding mom my radar will be extra sharp, but until then I can’t help but come to the conclusion that our society still encourages us to hide inside. This is the same society that tells us breastfeeding is best!
With World Breastfeeding Week having just past, I hope the awareness raised will make the NIP sighting less of a rarity, less controversial and more welcomed around here.
Here is a wonderful video that echoes my sentiment to those that NIP!
~ Sara @ Momzelle
My anticipation for breastfeeding is quite high. I am fifteen weeks pregnant and just rearing to go! I was having a discussion with my husband the other day and he was worried about how long my mother would be staying with us when the baby was born. He is worried his opportunities to bond with the baby will be minimized if my mom is here. It made me think about all the time that I will be breastfeeding. Will he feel left out? How can I include him in the experience itself?
I have no doubt that he will bond with the baby in lots of ways; holding, washing, changing, rocking, and loving. The most obvious way I can see to include him in the breastfeeding experience is to encourage and acknowledge his support of me, and I don’t just mean get him to bring me food and water and tell me I’m doing a great job (though that would be nice:)) The emotional support I will need from him will be essential to our breastfeeding success. Humor, love and different perspectives make our relationship strong and I hope these traits will see us triumphant in parenting as well.
I admit that I am quite excited to have a special bond with my baby. A mother/child bond that is unique only to me, but I can’t think of anything better than seeing my husband have his own bond with our children. I can imagine him out on the driveway with the basketball or helping with math homework, but it’s hard for me to see him running home from work to change diapers!
How did you include the father in the early days of your child’s life?
The benefits to the mother of immediate breastfeeding are innumerable, not the least of which after the weariness of labor and birth is the emotional gratification, the feeling of strength, the composure, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with the handling and suckling of the baby.
I have just moved to a new city and I needed to find a doctor quickly, as I am fourteen weeks pregnant. I feel quite lucky to have found one and even luckier that the hospital I will be delivering at has a very comprehensive breastfeeding policy. They have taken it from the recommendations of the WHO. It ensures that I will be given immediate opportunity to breastfeed. It is so important to me and this quote gives me yet another perspective. I wanted to have skin to skin contact immediately for the benefit of the child, to help us bond, to comfort them, to provide them nourishment and security, but I didn’t think about how I would benefit too!
It has been all over the blogs, twitter and facebook; the Today Show comparing breastfeeding in public to going to the bathroom in public. It was a segment where the host and three guest panelists were discussing and debating a myriad of topics. It was very bizarre television. Who are these people and why are we listening to their particular opinions? Here is the link in case you missed it. The part about NIP begins around 5:45 and is quite short, only a few minutes.
I have read many irate comments which I don’t think helps the issue, but was very impressed by the response written on The Bebe Diaries by katiezoe. It was just so eloquent and passionate. Indeed, there is a bit of anger there, but it’s more frustration and she makes a good argument!
I like to be prepared. I am fourteen weeks pregnant and I want to buff up on my breastfeeding knowledge. Call me old fashioned, but I love curling up with a book and so rather than gather all my information sitting in front of a computer screen I am looking for the best breastfeeding books out there. Of course, I sat in front of the computer to research this idea I also asked friends and family to recommend their favourites. Here is what I have come up with:
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, by Dr. Jack Newman. My sister went to his clinic in Toronto and is a big fan.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, from La Leche League International. The LLL has such a great reputation and is a trustworthy source.
The Breastfeeding Book: Everything you need to know about nursing your child from birth through weaning, by Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears. Martha Sears had eight children, enough said.
These seem to be the most popular, best-selling breastfeedng books.
Now, I hope they are in my local library!
Were these books helpful for you? Were there any other books that helped you in your breastfeeding adventure? I’d love to hear about them!
~ Sara @ momzelle