One thing I am completely excited about with this new baby is nursing again. I know there are many other reasons I am excited for us to be adding to our fmaily, but that bond I create I with my babies from nursing is something I am excited for.
One thing I always hated was the way breastfeeding moms are treated. It’s like nursing your baby is something that should be done in private or in the bathroom. Recently we all heard about how a mom was asked to leave a big named store in New York just because she was nursing her baby.
See my photo above? I was nursing my 2 month old at school in a 3rd grade class. Sure I sat behind a cabinet to be discreet, but you can not see any of my breast, Do you see anything wrong with this photo? Anything wrong with me nursing my baby?
WABA is pleased to announce the World Breastfeeding Week theme for 2011 focusing on engaging and mobilising youth intergenerational work with the catchy slogan of: “Talk to me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience”. The theme deals with communication at various levels and between various sectors.
It’s time for the world… ok the USA mostly to get over moms nursing in public. I love when I see places offer special places for nursing moms to go. I recently went to the Arcadia Mall and was blown away with the family lounge. There was a room for changing your baby, a private room with comfy chairs to nurse your baby, they even had mini sofas and TV playing Disney Channel for your children to sit in and be entertained, not to mention the bathroom had a big toilet for parents and tiny toilets for toddlers! I was in love with this lounge and wished every mall had these family lounges.
But… then there are other places, like the Santa Monica Pier. I happened to be with my sister at the time who was nursing her 4 month old. We saw a sign that said Nursing Station. We thought, awesome a place she can go, get out of the heat and nurse the baby……
Yes, this is what the Santa Monica Pier thinks of nursing moms. They expected nursing moms to feed their baby in the middle of the bathroom! Needless to say Kristin nursed Brooklin on the bench outside in the shade.
Breastfeeding is the most natural thing a mother can do for her child. These is nothing sexual with it. I am very proud of myself because I can say that for Sarah’s entire first 7 months of her life , seeing her grow and thrive was all thanks to me. She never had any kind of supplements, food, juice nothing but breast milk.
Whenever I have any friends who are pregnant, while I encourage breastfeeding I always tell them my story and what helped me. I hope that one person gives nursing a try from me talking to them.
Join us August 1-7th as we celebrate World breastfeeding Week!
Oh and if your in the San Diego area next weekend, join the awesome The Big Latch On Event! If I had a baby to nurse I’d be there.