…Contemplating the Core Elements of a Modern Breastfeeding Lifestyle
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Conscious Breastfeeding: Ultimate Blog Challenge Completed

It has been an interesting journey blogging about breastfeeding this past month. My experience has been quite good.

Although I had been blogging since 2007, I had not really focused on a regular pattern of writing, nor paid much attention to stats. I knew that someone must be reading and hopefully inspired, but did not have a clue about my readership other than most likely they would be mothers or family members of mothers who were breastfeeding.

Coming from over 42 sources or mediums. my blogosphere has expanded exponentially during this period. The power of Facebook and the likebutton became self evident. A full 3/4’s of the visits were from “friends” or “friends of facebook friends”. The three most popular posts were liked and shared there in what would be the third largest country of the world . Social media and word of mouth cannot be underestimated.

They are here, in the order of their popularity, if you missed them on the blog roll:

Breastfeeding Postcard Speaks Volumes

Breastfeeding on Reality TV

Breastfeeding Status Update:  It’s Complicated

I have appreciated all the comments, many of them from my fellow participants in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Your support keeps me inspired.

This is not an ending, but rather a beginning. With your help…I will continue contemplating the core elements of a modern breastfeeding lifestyle.

August 31, 2010   No Comments

Breastfeeding Status Update: It’s Complicated

Breastfeeding is just like most modern relationships, sometimes it is difficult to define.

More often than not, the romantic ideal of a blissful nursing couple is threatened by the addition of pumps and bottles. These artifacts alter the experience greatly for both the mother and her baby. She is likely to feel overwhelmed.

Breastfeeding Status: It’s complicated.

Tongue-in-cheek, my green logo above and query are inspired by Facebook.   The irony is that it has, on several occasions, banned breastfeeding photos.

What is your Breastfeeding Status?

Do you exclusively breastfeed your baby?  Do you breastfeed, then pump, then feed a bottle of your expressed milk?  Do you breastfeed, then offer a formula chaser? Do you pump exclusively?

Ideally breastfeeding should be a relationship with your baby, not the pump.   Couple therapists typically recommend banning the computer and television in the bedroom in order to foster greater intimacy.  In the same vein, focusing on direct breastfeeding will enhance both bonding and the milk supply.

There is a time and place for the gadgets, but in the bloom of new love or breastfeeding it is best that the focus be on the partner.  Being in the moment and keeping things simple can help lay down the most solid foundation for long term success.

It is all about making positive, conscious breastfeeding connections and upgrading your status to: In Relationship with your breastfeeding baby.

August 26, 2010   8 Comments

A Breastfeeding Photo:Tagged with Love

World Photography Day has been celebrated on August 19 over the past 20 years; it commemorates the introduction of photographs to the public in France on August 19, 1839.   On this day everyone is asked to share their precious moments made possible by the invention of this medium.  It is even easier now thanks to the digital revolution.

This was the first breastfeeding photo sent to me after I began my private lactation consulting practice.   It has hung in my office throughout these past two decades.

We do not see baby Austin’s mother in this shot, but can sense from his calm and  tender embrace of  her bountiful breast, that they are sharing a sublime moment of love.   The focus here is on the experience of breastfeeding.  It was an amazing thank you to receive for helping them to establish this amazing connection.

Fast forward to today…

I  googled Austin and found him.  He’s a college student with an interesting facebook profile who is sharing his life with the world.  Unbeknownst to him, this photograph which was taken when he was one month old will now be entering cyberspace, virtually tagged by his mother’s breastfeeding love.

Have you started your own breastfeeding photo collection?  Is it on or off the Wall?

August 19, 2010   2 Comments

The World Cup and Breastfeeding: Making Enduring Connections

I have been in my element these past few weeks blogging intensively about breastfeeding and watching the World Cup, the largest sporting event on our planet earth.

Every four years I overdose on watching the ‘Beautiful Game’; it is called soccer here in the U.S. and football (futbol) in the rest of the world.  The  coverage of  the 2010 World Cup from South Africa has been amazing.  In the past, I had to watch most of the matches on my local Spanish language channel or at a bar with closed-circuit tv because they were not aired in English until the semi-finals.   

This year, I have watched it not only in pubs or my home, but also on my phone at Starbucks. Twitter and Facebook have allowed me to share the experience in real time with family, friends and fellow fans all over the world.  Social networking in its most pure form.

It has struck me on more than one occasion during this marathon of writing and sports watching that my two passions have things in common. 

  • Global Reach
  • Really beautiful use of human body
  • Entry to experience is free or very low-cost
  • Avid Fans
  • Teamwork necessary for success

ESPN has developed a series of promotional videos on a variety of themes that are raised by this global sport.  A shorty funny one refers to the mini baby boom noted in Germany 9 months after the previous World Cup in 2006.  Since the Germans are not in the finals, it will be interesting to see what, if any, impact this has by the end of April 2011. 

Who knows maybe there will  be a mini baby boom the world over of passionate  new soccer fans who are breastfed!

FIFA , the international governing body of football, is supporting an important global initiative during this 2010 World Cup, Football For Hope.

The object of Football For Hope is to bring together, support, advise and strengthen sustainable social and human development programmes in the areas of peace, children’s rights and education, health, anti-discrimination and social integration as well as the environment…

Over the past 25 years, the profession of lactation consulting has worked hard to shine the spotlight on breastfeeding.  World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated each year from August 1-7.  It would be amazing if these two groups would unite forces and make some enduring connections for the good of our global community.

It is my fantasy that someday soon, breastfeeding will garnish some of the same economic clout and mass appeal that continues to grow for the ‘Beautiful Game’.

Viva España!  Breast is Best!

July 10, 2010   No Comments

Facebook Removes Breastfeeding Photos: Big Brother in Our Midst!

What year is this? I thought it was 2008, not 1984!
Big Brother, or more likely Little Brother, is watching. 

I thought I lived in America, the land of the free and free speech.  It is very hard to believe that in this day and age, selective censorship is still being applied to Breastfeeding.  Facebook has yet again, banned photos of breastfeeding mothers on their own pages within the site.

Some of us can remember the fight for equality that has been waged over these past 4 or 5 decades in the Western world.  We women have struggled for autonomy over our bodies in matters of health and pleasure, and for equal opportunities in education and in the work force. 

Cultural, economic and legislative changes have resulted through the efforts of women gathering in numbers and demanding to be treated with fairness in all aspects of life.

Today thousands of facebook friends will be changing their profile to a breastfeeding photo in protest of this policy which returns in cycles to infringe upon the rights of breastfeeding mothers. 

A “nurse-in” is being staged outside FaceBook corporate headquarters in Northern California where, ironically, the right to breastfeed in public is protected by law.  It is patently ridiculous that photos of same within the somewhat closed environment of Facebook would be deemed obscene.

We are supposed to breastfeed because we are mammals. By definition, the breasts or mammary glands, are a part of our anatomy designed to provide the ideal nourishment for our human babies after their birth.  Breastfeeding continues the maturation and development which began in the womb.

There were no safe artificial baby milk formulas until the 20′th century; it is only in the past 40+ years that they have been available in such abundance. The formula manufacturers have planted the idea that breastfeeding is a choice rather than a right.  They have marketed their product with such skill that many seem to forget that human milk is for human babies.

Mothers and their breastfeeding babies have been featured in high art throughout the history of mankind.  These photos that have been banned are not sexual in nature nor are they deviant or violent like many others that one can easily find on many social networking sites.

Whomever it is that is behind this censorship, must either have Breastfeeding Envy or a severe case of Breastfeeding Amnesia if they had been lucky enough to have been breastfed!

If you are on facebook, change your profile to a breastfeeding photo or image.  Join the Breastfeeding is not Obscene Facebook Group

If the management of Facebook feel uncomfortable viewing photos of breastfeeding, they should just not LOOK!

Bring this issue to the forefront, pun intended. Stand up and be counted!

What do you think? Your comments are welcome and will inspire further discussion. The anger and outrage we feel must go viral.

December 27, 2008   No Comments