Friday Saturday beautiful people! Welcome to Things I Know – the easiest Friday – *ahem* in this weeks case, Saturday – meme ever. Because we all know shit.
Hope your week has been fabulous, and you have survived the crazy heat of the week, and are safe from the bush fires that are alight all over the country.
My apologies for Things I Know being wayyy late this week. I’ve been flat out, and was unexpectedly away from the computer for a couple of days.
Breastfeeding has been in the media a lot this week after a mother was asked to cover up or leave a Queensland aquatic centre for feeding her child while sitting on the side of the pool. I wasn’t going to dedicate my Things I Know post to this subject this week, but then I thought, fuck it. I am. Because breastfeeding – if you can – is something I strongly advocate.
So here is what *I* know about breastfeeding:
- I know I breastfed for a total of sixty eight months between five children.
- I know thirty of them months was breastfeeding BJ7.
- I know that breastfeeding him for thirty months – unbeknown to me at the time – saved him from getting sick because of his food intolerances at an extremely early age.
- I know that the breast milk from a two week old baby’s mother, is the perfect breast milk to save a newborn baby’s life when they are are suffering from severe hypoglycaemia.
- I know this because my own sister pumped breast milk when her first baby was two weeks old for my newborn daughter to help save her life.
- I know I am Thankful beyond what any words could express for the gift of breast milk from my Sista to save my daughter.
- I know I breastfed my babies when they needed to eat no matter where I was.
- I know my babies appreciated me putting their needs first.
- I know sitting in a toilet to breastfeed honestly makes me want to vomit a little in my mouth. I would never sit in a toilet to eat, and I would never expect anyone else to.
- I know I am proud to be the mother of Gravel who used breastfeeding as an assignment topic, to try to educate her fellow students to it’s benefits when she was a junior in high school.
- I know that breastfeeding your child for at least two years is beneficial for their health.
- I know that sometimes mothers are unable to breastfeed, and that’s okay. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. And it doesn’t make you any less of a mother.
- I know that the right support around you has an impact on successfully breastfeeding your baby.
- I know that young mothers don’t get the support and encouragement they need a lot of the time to breastfeed, due to small minded people believing they are too young to be mothers.
- I know I was once one of these young mothers. And I believe it’s up to us to change the attitudes for the next generations.
- I know I find it extraordinarily pathetic that a breastfeeding woman needs to feel like they should throw a blanket over their baby’s head while they breastfeed in public. Yet magazines with topless women are in stores all over the country staring at any person that walks past them.
- I know I applaud one of my fave bloggers Holly @ Good Golly Miss Holly for her brilliantly worded post that says what so many of us women want to say.
- I know David Koch needs to eat his meals with a blanket over his head for a whole week. Maybe then he will understand why a Mother prefers to feed her child without a blanket over theirs.
I know as mammals our babies are created with the natural instinct to feed from the breast. Just like any other mammal on this earth.
Seeing a Mother breastfeed her child should be seen as a beautiful moment between mother and baby. A mother nurturing her childs needs. Not something to hide away and be ashamed of. What is so shameful about feeding your child? It would be more shameful to let your child starve, than feed them the one thing that is probably the only source of food left on the Earth that is not genetically modified.
What do you know this week?
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