A friend recently asked how she could get the negative comments to stop regarding breastfeeding her 7 month old. I don’t even know where to begin, but I will anyway…
One – he’s still a BABY! Baby’s were meant to nurse and consume the food made perfectly for them, and to eat that food any time or any where. They really aren’t trying to offend anyone. If you go by the World Health Organization recommendations, they recommend a baby nurses exclusively to 6 months and with complimentary foods until they are TWO YEARS OLD! The world average is far beyond that, actually.
Two – You probably can’t change the minds of the people badgering you about it, honestly. I am assuming most people bring it up because (for some reason) they aren’t comfortable with it. They are unaware of the benefits and they are from a society where breasts are sexual instead of used for nourishing their children. Somehow the most natural thing in the world is foreign to so many people. Share your knowledge with them, but don’t start a fight over it. Do what you do because in your heart you are doing right for you and your family. Period.
Did you know that about 75% of mothers breastfeed at some point in their mothering “career?” Guess how many exclusively breastfeed to 6 months like WHO recommends! Just guess!
That’s a lot of non-support going on! It ranges from spouses, to grandparents, to friends, to employers, to society as a whole helping a mom nourish her baby. The nay-sayers lead mamas to feel unsupported in their efforts and they quit breastfeeding their babies. Sad, huh?
I breastfeed my babies beyond what some people think is normal or comfortable to them. I just do and the nay-sayers aren’t going to change my mind about it. Why? Because breastfeeding leads to…
- Better immunity
- Reduced SIDs
- Less diabetes
- Less obesity
- Less allergies
- Higher IQs
- Better bonding
- Quicker weight loss for mom
- Lower chances of breast cancer for mom and female breastfed child
- The lists go on!
If you are a breastfeeding mom lacking support, please search it out because it does exist. There’s online support via Twitter or Facebook and real-life support like La Leche League. And if this little gem means anything to you, I support you! It’s not an easy job, and even harder without support but you can do this if you believe in your heart this is what you were meant to do. You are nourishing your child’s whole being, and he/she will thank you. <3