Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Breastfeeding Rocks!

I am a big advocate for breastfeeding!!  I've been very blessed to breastfeed all four of my children and currently still nurse Baby M.  Baby M is 2 1/2 and she nurses at naptime and bedtime.  More for comfort than nutrition.

Yesterday I get an anonymous comment on one of my Week in Reviews that happens to have Baby M asking for ninny in it.

Here's the video in question:

Here's the anonymous comment:

"WOW!!!! You are breastfeeding a child that can ask for it??? Thats a little odd!!!"

Of course I had to allow the anonymous comment to post so I could comment back with this:

Anonymous ~
Nope, not odd at all. It is a personal preference and sadly society looks down on breastfeeding moms. What a shame that a mother giving her baby the best is judged by others. You don't see bottle fed babies judged by sucking a bottle after two years old, do you?
Even young babies that have been taught sign language can ask for ninny before the age of one.
I think breastfeeding is an amazing gift and I am extremely proud to have breastfed all four of my babies. 
Also, a former surgeon general of the US has commented that it is a lucky child who continues to be breastfed until age two.
BREASTFEEDING ROCKS and I'm sorry you thought it odd. 
To each his own.

Why does society have to be so judgmental when it comes to a nursing mother since it is very demanding to have a nursing child.  It isn't a walk in the park and takes dedication to be a full time nursing mother.


So, breastfeeding moms I'd love to hear your input.

~ Why did you choose to breastfeed?
~ How long did you breastfeed?
~ How did you handle the stupid comments from others about your choice?

I chose to breastfeed because I knew it was best for my babies and it was super special bonding time with them.  It was only something that I could do for them and I loved that!!  I loved being able to provide them the nourishment that they needed to grow.

I breast fed H for three years, B for a year, Lil O for 2 1/2 years (she weaned herself) and I am still nursing Baby M who is 2 1/2.

I handle stupid questions by blogging about it and hearing what others have to say about breastfeeding.

Your turn.

PS.  I'm off to check all my stat counters to see who sent the comment so I can send them a breastfeeding book.  
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