On researching this topic I found an article that I wholeheartedly agree with and would like to share with you. Written by Yvette O’Dowd, ABA Breastfeeding Counsellor.
Feeding our babies: Choice? Guilt? Anger? Regret?
“There is no real choice involved with breastfeeding.
I hope some of you find it helpful, and I hope you all enjoy it.
*It has been brought to my attention that this post may come off as judgemental/high and mighty. That is not at all the intention. I understand that for some women, beastfeeding is just NOT AN OPTION, be it due to physical or emotional reasons. Please read this post knowing that I am not passing judgement on anyone who chose not to breastfeed, for whatever reason. I only wrote this hoping to help anyone in a position similar to the one I was in, not too long ago.
Mystifies me that anyone would exile a breastfeeding mother to a public restroom. Is a bathroom stall a place where you would feel comfortable having a meal? (Plus I LOVE the use of the term “lactivist”!)
Common breastfeeding problems Moms think they can’t breastfeed. Many moms feel inadequate. So many moms out there think that they are not capable of breastfeeding; most of them assume that they have a low milk supply. Moms are not educated about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is natural, but the process of breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally. You need to educate yourself before you breastfeed…read and read some more! It will really be worth it. Lack of support. You need to surround yourself with individuals who are…
They discuss a lot of bonding and ritual, but in the end:
“When a mother kisses her baby, she ‘samples’ those pathogens that are on the baby’s face. Those are ones that the baby is about to ingest. These samples are taken up by the mother’s secondary lymphoid organs like the tonsils, and memory B cells specific for those pathogens are re-stimulated. These B cells then migrate to the mother’s breasts where they produce just those antibodies that the baby needs.” says Lauren Sompayrac, author of How The Immune System Works.
Rock on, breastmilk!
Taken at our local library. I love everything about this poster: it’s by the door, it’s simple, it acknowledges both our right to breastfeed wherever, or to have privacy if we so desire it — without using a bathroom, I assume!
And the note in the lower left corner is a nice reminder to nay-sayers. ;D
Me and Seamus, 3yrs11mths