Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (December). For this month, we want to honor breastfeeding for having enriched our lives and blessed us, maybe even empowered us, in a way that only breastfeeding can. Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.
Breastfeeding is a miracle.
A fellow Mom once told me after learning that I was exclusively breastfeeding Jack Jack who was 3 months at the time. We just got acquainted that day – she was our landlady. A bit older than me with kids already in their teens.
I never really paid much attention to it or ask if she breastfed her kids as well. I am a logical person. I didn’t really “get” what it really meant at the time. I didn’t know how that simple statement would prove to be true as Jack Jack grows.
It was just a pretty simple statement yet everyday it rings true to me.
Size does not matter. I believe I have mentioned it here over and over that I was not blessed in the chest area that when you call it boobs or boobies. Mine would be called booblets. And yet, I have been blessed with
cleavage plenty of milk to feed my son. Plenty enough to even share some to friends and relatives who needs it. The milk, that is.
Law of supply and demand. The more frequent that the breasts are emptied, the more that it produces milk until the body adjusts to how much milk the baby needs. In economics, it’s pretty simple to understand. But for a human body to automatically do it alone is just amazing.
Antibodies. I’m not saying that Jack Jack never gets sick but he rarely gets sick. And if he does, it would be just for a while and he is still his energizer-bunny-self who couldn’t sit still for a minute – unless he’s sleeping. You won’t even know he’s sick unless you take a closer look. OR he won’t even get sick while everyone around is sick. In fact, he would even nurse much more than usual when a virus is in the air.
Attachment. I don’t care if I sound like a bootleg CD, you will always hear this from me. I am always astonished of how a baby knows when Mom is inside the room. Or how Mom lactates when she hears a baby cry. When baby cries if Mom is stressed at work? Have you tried leaving Mom’s clothing with baby? The bonding that breastfeeding has brought me and my son will always be wonderful and magical for both of us.
These are just a few of the many wonders of breastfeeding. I could list more (breastmilk’s healing properties, breastmilk ingredients, adoptive breastfeeding, etc.) but I know I wouldn’t finish. Because no matter how we try to find out how breastfeeding works, we will never understand it completely. It is a never-ending learning and discovery. More than fifty years of it and still humans aren’t able to replicate breastmilk.
In our fast-paced, modern, tech-driven world, we look for too much logic. We’re always questioning our body’s ability to nurture and nourish our off-springs after birth. How do you think our species survived for millions of years? If we only get to debunk the myths and look closer at the real-breastfeeding-deal, we should all be able to receive the gift of miracle. The gift of breastfeeding.
Please take the time to check out all the posts in this month’s carnival:
- Shaps- Beyond Being Thin
- Gretchen – Breastfeeding Gifts for Christmas
- Jenny O.- The Gifts of Breastfeeding
- Anne – The Gift of Breastfeeding
- Nats – We Wish You Merry Nursing
- Jenny R. – If the Magi Were Queens
- Em – The “Breast” Gift
- Isis- Got Milk?
- Armi – Breastfeeding Gifts
- Liv – My Breastfeeding Journey
- Laya – Time in a Drop of Milk
- Mec – The Gift of a Changed Man
- Marnellie – From a Donee to a Donor
- 10 Reasons You Will Want to Breastfeed Your Toddler (thelazymama.net)
- Why The Lazy Mama Breastfeeds (thelazymama.net)
- 10 Habits I Got From Breastfeeding (thelazymama.net)