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I think I’m pretty fortunate to live in Homer; a town where people neither discourage nor harass me for feeding my child in the biologically normal way. In my experience breastfeeding around this town and even in Soldotna, individuals have gone out of their way to approach me and comment on my breastfeeding Judah to say supportive and encouraging things…never something negative or discriminatory.

In Anchorage however, it appears as though some women and their babies are not so fortunate. H2Oasis evidently has some anti breastfeeding in public sentiments. As an allegedly family friendly organization, that does not seem very family friendly.

I wonder when I hear of women being harassed for feeding their babies in the biologically normal way, what would these offended people prefer? A quiet, nursing baby or a screaming, hungry one? For women to stay home with their babies, lest they might decide to breastfeed in public? I mean, should we not go out of our way to accommodate women with babies? We should. For the most part, I think people do. But not at H2Oasis apparently, when those women need to breastfeed their babies.

I think it is bizarre that there is so much negativity surrounding breastfeeding. I have heard Le Leche League women described as “breastfeeding nazis” which is offensive and hateful on many levels. Are people really so ignorant about feeding babies that breastfeeding is an abstruse “issue” and fraught with “controversy”?

Once again, I just consider how fortunate I am to have had no battles to fight over feeding my baby in the biologically normal way. Really, it should not be chalked up to good fortune. It’s a basic right. It’s just feeding the baby. It’s not even noteworthy…and then I read the comment section of ADN.

Yikes.

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I cannot imagine a life in which I have a small child but no sling. People think I am crazy in my exuberance over this amazing little scrap of lovely green linen. They have no idea however, how easy the past 15 months have been for me due to said scrap of linen, and how content and happy my sweet baby has been.

Judah naps in her sling,photo(72)nurses in her sling, photo(71)and is generally pleased to be in there while we go for walks all over this town, clean house, garden, cook, etc.

It’s so nice to be able to hold her and still have two hands free to do whatever I like and she clearly loves to be at a similar level with me; to see the world and it’s goings on.

If I were going to pick one thing – one super awesome baby “gadget” necessity, it would be my sling. We don’t use cribs, changing tables, swings, funky chairs for babies to hang out in, etc. But we use this sling daily, and it is definitely a key aspect in my bonding relationship with this small child.

What do people even do with their babies if they don’t have a sling? Everyone should have one. And if they live in Homer, they should purchase them here.

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Ever since Judah was born she has slept in our bed. I mean, what was I supposed to do with the small baby who had just emerged from my vagina me? Ditch her in a bed with bars and curl up with Zach, leaving the born-just-hours-before child to spend her first night earthside alone? I’m not the warmest of persons, but certainly I’m not that cold. Who likes to sleep alone anyway?

It’s really nice. It’s always been nice, but now I’m especially thankful for having this little kid to snuggle up with at night. These days Judah likes to pretend that she has the world by it’s proverbial tail. It appears as though she believes that she is all grown up and is actually the one in charge. At night time however, she turns back into my tiny, sweet, little baby and and nurses contentedly and makes soft noises…and prefers to prop her legs up on me while she sleeps. photo(70)Additionally the State of Alaska recently conducted a study on safe sleeping spaces for babies and determined that (sober!) mama’s bed is the safest place for baby to sleep. But I lost the link, so you won’t be getting that from me tonight!

Most compelling though, is to see Judah as soon as she wakes up with a GIANT smile on her face, and immediately checking for her dad, the dogs, etc…(well, not really etc. there is not typically anyone else to check for). It’s all so lovely and sweet.

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Moo

Someone asked me why Judah is still breastfeeding instead of drinking cow’s milk.
I told them, “because she is a human; not a cow”.

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I tend to get pretty uptight when people tell me what I should or should not do or will or will not do with Judah. For instance, “you won’t be able to carry her in that sling for much longer” or “you won’t want to keep breastfeeding once she has teeth!” It’s annoying. My sling and I have the ability to comfortably carry small children up to like, 40 pounds, and why would I want to compromise Judah’s nutrition because “she has teeth”? Mostly, people forget to think about the fact that others occasionally do things differently from themselves, and often do those things well.

Just the other day Judah and I were out for a walk, her snugly situated in her sling, and I carrying her. A woman pushing a baby in a stroller walked by us and paused long enough for us to exchange this dialogue: her, “You should not have a baby in there. Can she even breathe in there?” me, “Nope, she is actually dead in there.” End dialogue. Picture the woman with the stroller giving me a very disparaging look, and me walking away feeling impressed with my quick, but morbid wit. I also was wondering how she knew if her baby was breathing…I mean, she could not even see her baby in the stroller. I’m still wondering, actually.

Slinging

Slinging

Oh well.

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