Yes, folks, there is a World Breastfeeding Week and it is now. Um, not being terribly versed in the subject myself, I’ll just address three things.
(And before doing so I will yet again publicly pronounce that yes, I believe breast is best and it is the way that God created things to be, but sometimes women do something different for their own reasons.)
First, how many women have you known who were TRULY TOTALLY UNAWARE of the benefits of breastfeeding? I mean, you cannot look at anything remotely related to pregnancy and not be bombarded by information about breastfeeding. I don’t care what social class someone belongs to – the information is everywhere.
Second, NYC officials have banned formula in eleven hospitals. No free sample, no free diaper bag, no posters, nothing. First smoking, then formula. What’s next? Pepsi?
Related to these first two… I sincerely doubt that the reason only 25% of women breastfeed is because they are uneducated. I just don’t buy that. I think it has a lot more to do with women working, the excessive demands placed on women, etc. But what do I know? I was bottle fed myself so I probably have limited brain function.
And third, for those of you who are currently breastfeeding, you can get in on the action of setting a new world record for The most women in synchronized breastfeeding around the world.
You know, in this day and age a blogger needs nary an original thought of her own. If you are a skillful surfer, there is more stuff out there than you could write about in a million years.