A few weeks ago I walked into my chiropractor's office only to be confronted by a large framed article with the headline, "Breastfeeding is best." While I support the sentiment, the whole thing made me cringe.
What about the moms who can't breastfeed? Moms are under enough pressure. We just want a spinal adjustment not another lecture about lactating.
According to popular media, good moms breastfeed, sport a flat tummy six weeks after birth and have a daily batch of "Pinterest" worthy cookies in the oven. Bad moms skip all of the above, eat carbs, fail to sign up for Crossfit and buy store-bought cookies.
To add to the pressure, there has been a lot of hullabaloo about breastfeeding lately. Last year, Time Magazine knew what they were doing when they put an attractive, pouty-faced woman breastfeeding on their cover. Folks went crazy.
People set up camps — the "breastfeeding is beautiful" camp and the "breastfeeding makes me want to poke my eyes out" camp. The battle lines were drawn. I felt like a loner, hanging out in the "I don't give a crap" crowd.
I am a proud, breastfeeding mama and my son is a boob man, but trust me, they can't revoke your parent's license if you choose not to breastfeed. I have many friends with healthy bottle-fed kids. Child protective services didn't knock on their doors.
I don't care if you breastfeed or bottle-feed your little ones. I don't care if you cover yourself or show yourself. I don't care how long or how little you feed them.
Now that the pressure is off, did you know that it's World Breastfeeding Week from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7? The Ontario Government recently announced it is putting more than $2.5 million into improved support for breastfeeding moms. Show moms the money.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for up to six months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
So in honour of this boob themed rant and World Breastfeeding Week, here are a few tongue-in-cheek pros of breastfeeding. Pros
• It's an excuse to eat cake and cookies — Burning an extra 500 to 700 calories a day is an excellent reason to say "yes" to dessert. • Big boobs — Breastfeeding means a glorious year of proper buxom bosoms. It's like having a pair on lease. • On-tap anti-viral medicine — This makes me feel like a super hero. If my baby gets a cold and I'm exposed to the same virus, I can pass on some anti-bodies to help him fight the cold. Very cool. • Did I mention the cake? • It's healthy — According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, research suggests that breastfeeding provides a measure of protection against breast cancer, ovarian cancer and weak bones later in life. I like that! • Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest surfing time — Most of the time when I am on social media, I probably have a baby attached and if I'm lucky he's really hungry so I can stretch the time out long enough to get caught up on all the people I follow.
Not only have my boobs given me healthy babies, they are super powered. They heal rashes, bought me time to sit and give me an excuse to eat sweets. Happy Breastfeeding Week folks.