Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (July). For this month, we join the National Nutrition Council – Department of Health in celebrating Nutrition Month with the theme ”Isulong ang Breastfeeding – Tama, Sapat at EKsklusibo!” Participants will share their experiences in promoting breastfeeding or their tips on how breastfeeding should be promoted. Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.
I did not grow up in a breastfeeding environment. Nor do I know anyone who breastfed. My siblings and I were raised as formula-fed babies. But the decision to breastfeed my baby was made waaay before I even knew the husband. I don’t think I was even in highschool yet. Blame it on those 1-2 seconds of breastfeeding campaigns from milk companies. Yes, from them. I’m quite grateful and although I have heard of the hidden agendas behind their “Breastmilk is still best …” campaign, it worked for me. I guess I’m pretty weird that way.
Contrary to what others see (or don’t see), I find those breastfeeding pictures from commercials really, really relaxing, peaceful and perfect. Perhaps that is my unconscious brain releasing oxytocins even before I REALLY breastfed. Minus lactating that is. I can see milk companies scratching their heads right about now.
As a breastfeeding mama, I learned a lot about breastfeeding. How simple, easy, frugal, rewarding and most importantly emotional (in a good way) it is to breastfeed your baby. And I wanted to share that to every mother. It’s like ice cream. It is so good you want everyone to have it so they’d be happy too. The thing is, not everyone wants to hear it. Because it seems taboo. Some even look down on mothers who breastfeed when seriously, I have not met another mother who said that they do not want to breastfeed.
So let’s make it normal. If they don’t want to hear it, let’s make them see it. As I read on one twit the other week:
Let’s make breastfeeding contagious.
Nurse. In. Public.
Not in public restrooms. Not in public fitting rooms. Not even in breastfeeding stations. Do it with cover if it is more comfortable for you. But let’s do it in public. Where other people will see you. Make it normal for a baby to breastfeed in public. As normal as a baby who is feeding on a bottle. As normal as people eating outside. The more mothers they see breastfeeding, the more normal breastfeeding will be.
It shouldn’t be hard since Jack Jack and I have probably nursed in about everywhere. Restaurants, malls, church, blogger event, doctor’s office, parties, spa, pool, beach, etc.
Just try it ONCE. If it isn’t for you, I would totally understand it. I found here some tips that might help you be more comfortable to breastfeed in public.
This is my simple breastfeeding campaign. Doesn’t matter whatever your place in society is or whether you finished college or not. From the fashionably chic breastfeeding Mom in the suburbs of Forbes Park to the humbled outskirts of Payatas. Anyone can do it.
Are you with me?
Please take the time to read the posts from other carnival participants
Tan‘s MomExchange (@next9baby)
The Low-Milk-Supply Mommy Did It! by The Odyssey of Dinna
Breastfeeding: Promoting It Even if I Didn’t Get Lucky The First Time Around by Glamma Momma (Mommy Erl’s Online Diary)
I am your breastfeeding friend by Changing Nappies in High Heels (@lilly_pad)
Breastfeeding Promotion – A View from a UK Doctor by Good Enough Mummy
- 15 Other Stuff You Can Do While Breastfeeding or Pumping (thelazymama.net)