Change of heart…

4 Aug

I have heard that August is breastfeeding awareness month and also that this is breastfeeding awareness week…I’m not sure which one is correct, but I’m a huge advocate of breastfeeding, so I’ll consider this my contribution to the cause!

I haven’t always been the big supporter of breastfeeding that I am now.  I am modest almost  to a fault and the thought of exposing a breast to feed my child {even in the privacy of my home} seemed strange to me at one time.

As a new graduate working in the NICU, part of my job description was to assist  new mothers with breastfeeding when necessary.  At that time, I couldn’t leave a nursing mom’s side fast enough…I felt uncomfortable, so I would politely excuse myself citing respect of their privacy.

Our pediatrician provided us with this book at my daughter's fist visit. It's a great resource!

As a public health nurse,  I received countless hours of breastfeeding education before even seeing my first client.  My younger, child-less self  held back eye-rolls at some information provided by the lactation-Nazis, but somewhere between bonding and children’s health, they won me over.  I was on a mission to promote breastfeeding with my clients and for the first time felt very comfortable doing so.

The benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child are numerous {click here to read a research-based list of many of breastfeeding’s greatest benefits}. My favorites are the prevention of illness and reduction of SIDS {I’ve mentioned before how fearful I am of that}.

These days when people ask me if I am still nursing, I have to ask them to clarify what form of nursing they are talking about…feeding my child or caring for patients as a Registered Nurse?  My answer is “both.”  I am aiming to achieve the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation to breastfeed for my baby’s first year of life {although not exclusively, solid foods should be started at about 6 months}.  I have done it once and I know I can do it again!

When it comes to doing what I think is best for my children, not even the fear of developing saggy boobs can stop me!  Having healthy children is well-worth any cosmetic consequence.  And, modesty??  I haven’t thrown that out, but a chubby baby laying across my lap provides a lot of coverage!

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7 Responses to “Change of heart…”

  1. Bethany August 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    I feel the exact same way! I am a huge advocate for breast feeding! I wasn’t taught properly w/my first daughter, but w/my son I had the BEST lactation specialist who taught me well & I successfully nursed him for 9 months. I wish it could have been longer! The bond that develops, as well as the chubby healthy baby….is an indescribable feeling! I thought about becoming a specialist, because of how much I believe in it – but then saw how long it takes and changed my mind… :o)

    • rn2mommy August 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

      I have thought about that too, Bethany!

  2. Wyn-Erin August 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Did you see Gisele’s statement about how breastfeeding should be mandatory?? http://www.koco.com/news/24514770/detail.html I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding but it’s not always possible for a variety of reasons. If you want a good eye roll, read her comments!

    • rn2mommy August 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

      I did see that! Did you see what she recently posted on her personal website?
      http://blog.giselebundchen.com.br/en/sentido/a-importancia-da-amamentacao/

      She seems to mean well, her initial comment just wasn’t very conscientious of other’s feelings or circumstances.

      • Wyn-Erin August 10, 2010 at 7:55 am #

        Wow, you mean the media took a comment out of context?? I’m glad she explained herself somewhat. I think one of the most important lessons I learned when I became a mom is you simply cannot judge other mothers for their decisions (assuming they’re legal and not harmful to their child). Every baby is different and every circumstance is different and, like Gisele said, we are all just trying to do the best we can for our little ones.

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