The topic of this week’s Breastfeeding Blog Hop is Breastfeeding Celebrations – a real headscratcher of an issue, if you ask me.
I definitely celebrate breastfeeding. I celebrate it every day. In fact, I’d shout the praises of breastfeeding from the rooftops if I thought it would do any good. I can just picture myself, leading the Breastfeeding Parade in a huge boob-shaped float, waving to the crowds as I throw out handfuls of Mother’s Milk tea bags…
But, seriously, what is there to really celebrate? World Breastfeeding Week, mothering groups meeting across the country, blogs devoted to breastfeeding, BF-pride bumper stickers, a blog hop!? Do we really need all this affirmation?Aren’t we breastfeeding moms just doing what we should do? What we’re supposed to do? Many of us make the effort not to espouse the “benefits” of breastfeeding, as if it’s nothing but gravy–a helpful “extra”–but instead focus on the risks of not breastfeeding. We choose our words carefully (like using “full-term” instead of “extended”) in order to add to the normalization of the art and practice of breastfeeding, so why should we celebrate it as if it’s something sooo special? By doing so, aren’t we adding to the misconception that it’s a lofty goal that only a choice few super-achievers can manage to accomplish for any length of time?
Well, in my eyes, we celebrate breastfeeding because “it” needs us, and it is just. that. special. As nice as it would be to live in a society where nursing your child was the expected norm and there was no need to celebrate, that’s just not the case. Some people still see it as weird, uncomfortable, even wrong – so, those of us who believe that all babies deserve the optimal nutrition biologically meant for them, we celebrate. We celebrate the mamas. We celebrate their babies. We celebrate the benefits, the bonding, the beauty. I, for one, celebrate to show the new moms and moms-to-be who might be scared or struggling that the rewards are worth the effort a million times over. Maybe someday nursing moms will be an everyday, boring, barely-noticed phenomenon. Maybe someday, moms using their breasts to feed their babies will be more commonplace than breasts being used to sell junk on TV, and then we can save the celebrations for other things (like simply waking up to a smiley baby face each day.)
But for now, I DO celebrate the almighty boob, it’s purpose, and the fact that my child will enjoy the “benefits” loooong after our nursing days are over. I celebrate myself, and my sticktoitiveness even in the midst of being kicked in the face and having my nose twisted off by a 21-month-old acrobatic nursling. And if even one mom looks at me and says, “Wow…it makes her so happy! Maybe I should try that,” well then, I have even more reason to celebrate. 🙂
Speaking of celebrating, we’re closing in on the 22-month mark here at our house, and I’m definitely taking the opportunity to celebrate with some of my favorite breastfeeding products! I’m participating in A Blogtastic Extravaganza with a self-sponsored Breastfeeding Support prize package featuring Earth Mama Angel Baby, My Brest Friend, and more. It’s just my way of celebrating YOU. Be sure to stop by and enter to win! (And tell your friends!)
This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop. This week’s topic is Breastfeeding Celebrations. Check other posts below and link up your own.