This is my official World Breastfeeding Month entry for 2010. I’m sure blog surfers out there have encountered mommy blogs that tout, “Breast is best!” or “It’s the most natural thing in the world!” and all sorts of Hallmark-card and Paolo Coelho-esque inspirational messages.
Well, this entry is not one of them.
I’m focusing on hard facts.
One of the most often comments I get when people learn I am purely breastfeeding is this: “You’re so LUCKY you have milk!”
Guess what people, I am NOT lucky. I am INFORMED.
I’ve gone through the rounds of mommy blogs, both local and international. Save for a few, most are still posting how they could not breastfeed for some reason or the other – and all the reasons are wrong. Nothing a simple breastfeeding class or a talk with a lactation consultant could’ve solved. Here are some situations that made me shake my head in sadness:
- A mom fed her baby formula because she pitied the baby because she had “no milk”. She didn’t even try to latch.
- A mom didn’t even try to breastfeed because her mom and all her sisters had “no milk” hence breastfeeding doesn’t run in the family.
- Another mom pumped and pumped the day after her delivery, found she couldn’t get any milk and therefore concluded she had “no milk”. She didn’t try to latch. She gave up on breastfeeding and her doctor let her without informing her otherwise.
I am convinced: education leads to lactation. Though many moms express the desire to breastfeed, a lack of knowledge on the how leads to early discouragement. I’m with organizations such as L.A.T.C.H. and La Leche League in their advocacy to promote and educate everyone about breastfeeding. It’s not just about you and your baby, it’s also spreading the word and making our society a safe and friendly place for breastfeeding mothers. I’m lucky I’ve never encountered people who ridiculed or confronted me while I was breastfeeding in public, but it happens.
So to all moms out there who want to breastfeed: Educate to Lactate! Shatter the breastfeeding myths! Make the informed choice and prepare to face the challenges and receive the rewards of breastfeeding your child. Lastly and importantly, SPREAD THE WORD.
To my mommy friends who supported me during my breastfeeding blues, thank you.
To Abbie Yabot and The Breastfeeding Club, I am grateful to you.
To Amelia Ann and the rest of L.A.T.C.H., I am with you!
And to all my fellow breastfeeding moms who go through everything and rejoice at that indubitable sensation of the perfect latch – I SALUTE YOU!
Happy World Breastfeeding Month!!!
P.S. Be there on Sunday for Eastwood Mall’s culminating event that celebrates breastfeeding! Brought to you by L.A.T.C.H. and Eastwood Mall!