I’m not gone mad, I mean not this time, no… and all the men who came to read this post attracted by the title will probably leave soon as we are actually talking about Breastfeeding!
I just read that World Breastfeeding week starts today and, as I always wanted to talk about this topic, here is my personal opinion and experience.
I come from Italy where the general position of women is to take pride in breastfeeding their babies, I don’t even think it is a decision but a natural instinct. When I say this obviously I don’t refer to women who cannot breastfeed their babies because specific physical problems.
When I was around 5 months pregnant I remember talking to a friend of mine and she was so concern about me feeling the pressure to breastfeed…I did not get that.
The first time I went to an antenatal class I understood what she meant .
Love this picture that model Miranda Kerr posted on her twitter account
Quite a few women in the class were, I would say, embarrassed to talk about breastfeeding (like if it was a disease!) and they clearly stated that they didn’t feel like trying to breastfeed their babies due to the fact that they would feel left out at family reunion (why?!?!) or just stared at in restaurants/public places. I really didn’t get it , in my little world I thought “Tutto il mondo é paese” which means that some habits are common all around the world and to me the natural act of breastfeeding was obviously been practised in every country. I couldn’t be more wrong.
I started reading various articles online, doing some researches and noticed that lots of people referred to breastfeeding as “the issue“… issue, why? Again I can understand if a woman has physical problems that don’t allow her to breastfeed, but choosing not to breastfeed, or choosing to not even try doing it for me it would be like proving that you don’t love your child. Yeah it is that bad! I would fight everyone, anything who would make me feel uncomfortable about doing that as to me it’s just so inconceivable not giving the best for your baby.
By stating this I am not saying that a woman MUST breastfeed, as it is not a duty, I would say it is more like a pleasure. I am a firm believer, like my mum says, that breastfeeding is the best bond you can have with you little baby, it is something so natural, so unique that every new mom should experience in her life.
Stunning picture of Pink finding the time to breastfeed her baby while working. From Pink Twitter account
I personally get mad when I see people referring at breastfeeding like if it was a taboo or they think about it like an embarrassing moment if you are in a public place or around your family. They way I see it is the same as if people would get shocked seeing an adult eating his food in front of other people, so why cannot a baby eat his, by the way, “organic” food in a public place? To me it’s the same concept.
Having personally experience breastfeeding I can openly say that it was not easy at the beginning and it could take some times but the reward that you get at the end is priceless!
Just to mention a few, here is my list of benefits of breastfeeding:
- It’s much easier to breastfeed than give your baby formula milk. For example during the night you don’t need to wake up, go to the kitchen and prepare the bottle, you just need to lean over (in case you have adopted co-sleeping) or pick up the baby and gently attach it to you and I will assure that you will even fall asleep while he/she’s eating .
- Breastfeeding saves you money as you don’t have to buy any formula milk (which by the way can be harmful in some cases – please read the article I came across few days ago China baby formula ). The only thing you have to do is just eat healthy and drink plenty of water and your body will do the rest.
- Brestfeeding helps you loosing weight. Promise it is not a myth but a pleasant reality. After few months of breastfeeding my weight was lower that before I got pregnant *wink*
- if you plan a road trip you don’t have to worry where you will warm up the milk as if you breastfeed your body will always keep the milk at the right temperature
- you don’t have to sterilized any bottle before every feed.
I hear people saying that if a mom wants to breastfeed in a public place the least she can do is doing it in a discreet way but honestly I’ve never seen any mum trying to show off her boobs unlikely most women do on Saturday night and they don’t even have “the excuse” to having to feed a baby.