World Breastfeeding Week

One of my favorite people to follow on twitter is Nicholas Kristof. He is a columnist for the NY Times, and his twitter just alerted me to  the fact that this week is world breastfeeding week. Kristof points out that encouraging breastfeeding can save lives in developing nations. Too often the discussion of breastfeeding is a tad myopic (like most things). As an avid breastfeeder, I liked being reminded of how vital it is in places where resources are limited. It’s not a choice issue like it is here; it’s vital.

I love the bonding time with my son, but I also use it as an excuse to read the morning paper and watch my TiVoed shows.  I nursed Vivien till she was about 2 years and 2 months. How lucky I am to be able to nurse in my calm, non-war-torn nation with Trader Joe’s a few blocks away. Color me spoiled.

So raise a breast this week; its importance can’t be underestimated.

I have shots of me breastfeeding but didn’t post them. I was a little uncomfortable with showing the world my areola, but more uncomfortable with the double chin I have when lying down. And I love this picture with my breastfed babies at a park we went to in Santa Fe.

13 thoughts on “World Breastfeeding Week

  1. HaHa! Love that…”raise a breast this week for breastfeeding awareness.” I, too,nursed all 3 boys till they were a touch over 2 yrs old. I know what a headstart they got, and it was worth all the comments of “isn’t he old enough to stop???” They’re 14, 12, and 7 now…and are healthy, smart, mom loving boys.

  2. Hi Daphne! Good for you nursing your daughter for so long, you gave her an awesome gift. I am currently nursing my 11 month old twins, and though I know I’m ‘supposed’ to stop soon, there are so many reasons I want to continue past 1 yr. We need more voices (in the mainstream) speaking out for the benefits of breastfeeding, and breastfeeding beyond infancy. Thanks for your post, and I love laughing at your blog!

  3. Daphne I did not know either! I will post about it too on my blog! I can’t say enough about how wonderful my breastfeeding experience was even though both fof my kids were very difficult to feed in the beginning die to the fact that I have hyperlactation. Sounds much peachier than it is ladies. I really always knew it was a blessing to be able to feed them and have the nutrients to give them when so many people around the world struggle to feed thier kids. It is a shame that more people do not speak out about the real benefits to “sucking” it up until it gets easy, which it does! Awesome photo too. Such a happy family!

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  5. Hi Daphne!

    My daughter is almost 3 now and I breastfed her a little past a year, but I’m curious, how many feedings did you keep up once your daughter was one?

    I think by around 9 months the only time my daughter was interested in nursing was right before bed. By the time she was one, I think if she was a rude kid she would have pushed my boob away! How’d you do it?
    ( from Daphne) I have such mom amensia… um, I think it was at wake up and bed time and if I just wanted her to calm down. She was really into breast feeding.

  6. While you are at it Boycott Nestle products.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestl%C3%A9_boycott for more information. Basically starting in the 70’s Nestle targeted underdeveloped countries and gave formula samples away to new mothers. Who often do not have clean drinking water to mix the formula or the means to purchase it once the samples are gone and the breastmilk has dried up.

    Anyhow that link has more info. But anyhow a small thing that those of us who get to make a choice can do is not support a company responsible for exploiting those who really cannot.

    Whew. I hope that came out right!

  7. Just a reminder that while yes, breastmilk is best, not to feel/act superior to those who can not or do not breastfeed. They are no less a mother if they’ve adopted, had breast cancer or other surgical intervention, or suffered the loss of their milk.

  8. Well, of course Joelle! Jeepers. If you can, I say give it the college try, but the larger point is to encourage it beyond our “we have so many choices” borders.

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