Breastfeeding.
Alternate Title: (My how these blog posts have changed...)

7/30/2009 07:00:00 AM

Yep - I realize that blog title is a sure-fire way to get men to not frequent my blog. Just lost my brother... I'm sure.

So anywho - my life at this point revolves around Lila since I'm essentially her only form of nourishment. (Which is oddly insane, if you ask me.)

I'm nursing her. Every 3 hours. (Yep. It's a commitment. I've never even done anything for myself every three hours, let alone for a wee-tiny-baby.)

Before I got pregnant I says* to myself, "I want to breastfeed. However, I'm not going to go into it saying, 'I'm going to breastfeed for a year." Instead, I went in to it thinking: "Ok, I'm going to give this a shot for a month... if it goes ok, I'll do two months... then maybe three."

Re-evaluation combined with no expectations have been good for me. In all honesty, no expectations provided the perfect blank canvas for me. I've loved nursing Lila. It's been a precious experience.

That said - I find it so enthralling how controversial nursing can be.

Should you or shouldn't you?
How long or how little?
Breastmilk Vs. Formula.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the worst enemy of women is other women.

Do I care if you don't breastfeed your child? NO.
Do I care if you do breastfeed your child? NO.
Do I think you should breastfeed your child until s/he is 8? NO.

I told someone today that I was nursing Lila (because it came up that she was hungry... I don't go around just announcing, "HEY! I'm BREAST FEEDING MY KID!") - and the woman looked at me, wrinkled her nose all negative-like and said, "Oh..."

Huh?

Enough of the judgment.

If I decide to breastfeed La-La-La-Lila until she's a year old - that's perfectly acceptable.
If I decide to switch to formula next week, that's completely ok, too.

I was only breastfed for a short while and if you ask me - I'm darn near perfection. :)
Seriously, though...

To each, her own. And, don't judge until you're there.

If someone would have told me that I would soon be breastfeeding in public with only a hooter hider, um.. well... hiding my hoots - I would have accused them of smokin' the crack.

But ah, it's proven true. Baby's gotta eat.

Bottom line: do what's right for you. You worry about your hoots and I'll worry about mine.

(You can quote me on that.)

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*intentional misuse of the English Language.

(Note: I highly suggest having a hooter hider if you plan on nursing. Super convenient. About $35 at Target. Or, google it.)

13 comments:

  1. Um. . . I love you! This post had me laughing at my desk! I agree with you 100%! One of my girlfriends made me something like the Hooter Hider. . . works perfectly! <3

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  2. I am definetly curious about the hooter hiders- you really like it? They just look so... big! in the photos. Like wearing this massive tent all around you. It almost seems like it would attract extra attention instead of taking the pressure off.

    And that lady who wrinkled her nose at you should F off! Baby's hungry yo, she's only eating her lunch it's not like PORN or something. Whether it comes from the boob or the bottle it's just food.

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  3. Love the post! That is all true, and that lady is obviously having her own issues!

    The Grumbles... I love your comment!!!!! Perfect!

    Do what YOU gotta do- all will be fine!

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  4. I just bought some as gifts last week.... wish they'd had these when I was BFing.

    I think its best when put into segments (ie "I'll BF for one month... see how it goes.") otherwise one can get super overwhelmed (ie ME).

    Agree totally w/ this blog post. And I'm a dietitian so I should be saying "everyone should BF" but you know what? Its not for everyone!!!! Its hard hard hard work. Exhausting.

    There is soooooo much mom are judged for... it sucks.

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  5. Oh Kylee, this is what I call a day-making post. Fantastic attitude you have here. It's quite refreshing.

    I must give credit to the producers of Hooter Hiders. I appreciate when a product name just lays it all out there. (Or in the case, hides it from others.) Don't tell me it's a "Modest Muzzler" or something nonsensical like that. This thing will hide your hoots, period. No guessing required.

    I'm approaching my whole pregnancy in segments. My head would explode if I was reading about month 9 when I was in month 2. I will handle things when I get to that point. It works for me.

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  6. the grumbels: If your boobs get like mine, you'll NEED a massive tent around you.

    And it certainly isn't anyone's business that I pump out milk for my 2 year old. Nor is it anyone's business where your child sleeps unless it's solo out in the garage or something... and even then, maybe they snore loud. :)

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  7. Non-mom here who is a huge BFing advocate (you know what I mean!).

    I just had to chime in because i have that exact Hooter Hider fabric here on my desk, waiting to become either a tiny dress or a skirt for a niece. :)

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  8. Thanks for the positive comments, ladies.

    And grumbles - yep! The hooter hider is a good size. I like that it goes around your neck. If you're nursing with a blanket, I find it slips off. And, often times the hiders look like blankets.

    Bridget - how cool are you? I'd love to see these dresses that you're making!

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  9. I bought my Hooter Hider a couple months ago, although I still haven't given birth to the baby! And I will have to admit that I have posed in front of my mirror with one if Grace's doll under it just to see... (I can't believe I just admitted that) I think it will work just fine!! he he

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  10. Amen to that! :-)

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  11. Uh, "hiding my hoots" was insanely funny!!

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  12. I'm constantly amazed by the items you post. All kinds of cool new things since Alex was born nearly six years ago.

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