We are happy to share some of the wonderful pieces that were submitted during the Carnival of Nursing in Public as "Crème de la Crème" posts. I'll be posting a few at a time so you can look at them at your leisure. If you feel so moved, please click over, read the whole post, and leave a comment in support of the writers who participated in the Carnival.
- Life's a Salad Bar, Fighting the Good Fight: If breastfeeding weren’t taboo enough, try breastfeeding a toddler. Anna establishes that society puts all sorts of constraints and ideals on how we raise our children, especially on how long we nurse. Her thought places this decision squarely between mother and child, even if it means following your beliefs quietly.
So how do we fight the good fight? How do we deal with all of the pressure to wean, the disgust by some who want to compare long term nursing to child abuse or scold us for "spoiling" our children? Quite simply? We just do. As moms we are going to be put in tough places, we're going to be faced with opinions on everything from what we let our children eat to what time we let them stay up until to what we let them watch on TV.Read more from Life's a Salad Bar.
- Hobo Mama, Breastfeeding Education: In our modern world, the most common forms of breastfeeding education come from books, videos, midwives, and even plastic dolls. Lauren illustrates one unfortunate way that “taboos” are also reinforced - by not taking simple opportunities to educate people. We easily fear/condemn that which we do not understand. For her, the simple act of nursing in public is one lesson she passes on.
I think that back when breastfeeding was the only way to feed babies that little kids and then parents must have learned to breastfeed the way people learn to wash themselves or eat solid food or put on clothes -- there is no overt education. The events just happen, so often and so naturally, that no one can help but see, and eventually do. It would have been natural and seamless and not a big deal in the least.Read more from Hobo Mama.
- Code Name: Mama, Mama Milk Dance!: Dionna discusses both why toddler nursing is normal, as well as some of the health benefits of breastfeeding toddlers.
The argument that breastfeeding should be discontinued after it is “more comfort than nutrition” is similarly misguided. Aside from the established health benefits of nursing a toddler, it makes no sense to take away a food source just because it does not meet every nutritional need.Read more from Code Name: Mama.