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In a culture that encourages breastfeeding, many of us feel like we are set up for failure. On one side, us moms hear that our milk is "liquid gold" that provides not only nutrition, but "built-in vaccines" for immunity, and helps inhibit a higher IQ. However, there are other forces that lead us to think differently.
Even before the birth of our children, we are handed pamphlets, samples of formula, and "necessary" supplements for baby (like vitamin D drops if we so happen to choose to breastfeed), which claim that they can provide adequate - if not, better - nutrition.
This describes my encounter with the medical field. As I had mentioned in my previous post, I had every intention of exclusively breastfeeding my children. When I should have received support, I was told that I was simply "not good enough" to feed my children. Even on the first day, my baby had been given a bottle of formula because he would not nurse longer than 10 minutes. My belief that my body was purposefully designed to give my child his nourishment, was simply no match for Abbott & Baxter.
"Most moms are not making it past the first few weeks of breastfeeding because they are being sabotaged daily by cultural and institutional barriers — or as we call them, the “booby traps!” Think about it. Why, all of a sudden, for the first time in millennia, do women fear that they are not capable of producing enough milk for their babes? Why do we hear so many stories of women who “couldn’t” breastfeed, or that it was hard, or painful? Why are so few women making it to the recommended goals? Have our breasts mutated? Have our babies mutated? Of course not!" - Best For Babes.com
How do we help remove these pressures, not only for friends and family, but for moms that we encounter daily?
Honestly, I wish that the sneers and comments about "taking my milking business somewhere else" or "keeping my exposed tits for the bedroom" (yes, those were the exact phrases I have encountered...) were instead replaced with a small token of praise. Additionally, I wish that I did not give much credence to my formula-pushing doctors.
Last year, during World Breastfeeding Week, I came across a website with incredible information about breastfeeding and supports moms all over the breastfeeding spectrum. I was amazed that this site congratulated the moms who continue to feed or have only breastfed for a couple of hours.
In addition to the large amount of information and support, Best For Babes has their own Nursing In Public (NIP) Hotline. By making a small donation $3 donation to Best For Babes to help keep their NIP Hotline Alive, you will get a 10 pack of their "Thank You for Breastfeeding! We're cheering you on, Babe!" cards.
On the reverse side, there is phone number to let moms know there is always someone to talk to if they face harassment. You can store these cards these in your purse or wallet and hand out these words of encouragement when you encounter a nursing mom in public. If she feels discouraged, she will know to call the Nursing-In-Public Hotline.
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There are other ways to keep the Best For Babes mission going, you can become a sponsor, volunteer your time, join their running team, snag a button for your website or blog, and more! Click here for more info.
You can purchase exclusive Best For Babes products from their online store. Check out this beautiful Moby wrap! By purchasing items such as this, you are helping fund Best For Babes outreach programs.
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Have you been to the Best For Babes website yet?
What did you learn or find most interesting?
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