I had never intended to become a boob crusader or breastfeeding advocate by my post on 3 May, but since that post, I have been inundated by responses from people of all walks of life giving their two cents on the topic. I should have known being in the public eye would be a sort of a booby trap (see what I just did there!) when airing my opinion on such a contentious and somewhat polarising issue, but I am always glad when “celebrity” offers a chance to highlight something so pertinent to my baby’s and millions of babies’ health.
Some newspapers and online publications had used my post as a basis for a story and the afternoon chat show Afternoon Express also had a show on the issue 2 days later. My darling friend and presenter on the show, Jeannie D (whose boobs have always overshadowed mine) also voiced her opinion on the topic and drew attention to the fact that feeding a baby in a stinky public toilet (where some people suggest you feed) was far from “civilised.”
Since then, many women have shared their stories about how they’ve been shunned by society when feeding their babies and it made me realise how trapped some moms must feel not being able to go out of their houses because of other peoples’ prejudices. And we think we have emancipated women in this world? … not quite! I understand people not wanting to see breasts on display. But, then THEY should be the ones not leaving their houses and visiting public places. You go to a mall and you’ll see cleavage – The cartoon attached is quite self-explanatory 😉 We live in a society where boobs are brazenly on display in all contexts, but why when a little human is attached to the nipple does a moral debate ensue and not when the boobs are selling peri-peri sauce chicken burgers?
The benefits of breastfeeding and breastmilk are immense and well documented. It is the most natural thing in the world and the best start you can give your baby in life on so many levels. Those who are unable to breastfeed for whatever reason should not be made to feel guilty, though, about not breastfeeding. Trust me, moms experience enough guilt – they don’t need others to add to that list 😉
I remember the freedom I experienced as a new mom when I would leave our baby at home with milk I had expressed earlier and be able to wear whatever I wanted without worrying whether I could drape a cloth over his head, open my top and let him latch with singlehandedly. And, being able to work again, because I would be able to express milk whilst on set or backstage when at events (or even in the aeroplane toilet). Being able to express with a great pump would be a game-changer for some moms who don’t breastfeed as long as possible, because they have to get back to work. I thought THAT would be an empowering gift to give-away on this blog.
So, I chatted to the good folks at Medela (I have one of their incredible pumps and am super happy with it!) if they would generously donate a state of the art breastpump for one of you lucky readers to win. Or, you could win this prize for a friend, lover, cousin, aunt, baby mama … you can donate it to someone who you know it would make a huge difference to! Imagine this being your gift at a babyshower – major friendship points 😉
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Lots of love and light,
xx Modern Mommy AKA Jo-Ann