Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Blogging & Breastfeeding on BackTalk

I was asked to do a vlog about breastfeeding to be included into an episode of BackTalk on BlogHer. The episode is now available online. It also features Kelly from Mocha Momma and Annie from PhD in Parenting.

I'm glad to be a part of a positive potrayal of breastfeeding. It seems like there has been so much negativity surrounding nursing being spewed in the media lately that it was so nice to finally hear a supportive perspective. When you hang around with like-minded moms and read breastfeeding blogs and run in breastfeeding circles the way that I do, you forget that a big percentage of the population finds a lot of this stuff to be strange. What's the big deal about breastfeeding?, they ask. How long are you going to "keep doing that"? Isn't formula the same thing?

I don't think it can be said enough that formula isn't the same thing. I feel that women should be encouraged to nurse and given all of the information about formula so that they are able to make a truly informed choice. If you don't want to breastfeed, that's fine. But I am sick of the debate about whether or not breastfeeding is superior to formula feeding. It is, end of story. If you want to breastfeed, you shouldn't be sabotaged by friends, family, neighbors, doctors, nurses, hospitals and formula companies. If you don't have anything good to say about breastfeeding, please just be quiet.

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