I know…I know…World Breastfeeding week is over. However, I wanted to talk about this – as I think normalizing breastfeeding is an important topic. Because it’s normal, I feel like I can talk about it anytime – even when it’s not World Breastfeeding Week.
Breastfeeding is not gross. It’s not disgusting. It’s not something that has to be – or should be hidden. It’s the natural way that we feed our children as human beings.
All animals do it. Cows, goats, primates, horses, pigs and the list goes on and on. Why is it so surprising and shocking that humans do it as well? I just don’t get it. Why is a woman breastfeeding her child gross? It boggles my mind.
I have said “we need to teach our kids”. I don’t mean stand in front of them and lecture. We have to show our kids what it is to breastfeed. We have to breastfeed and pump in front of our children. We have to be tolerant to those that breastfeed in public. We have to act normal – like it’s no big deal – which it isn’t. Our children will follow our lead – if we have the right attitude. First, we must get ourselves in check.
My kids don’t even bat an eye now. It’s normal to them. The body is just everyday life. That is the kind of attitude everyone should have – in my opinion.
I want to join a…
“Let’s de-sexualize boobs” movement!
That’s what it’s about. Our society sees breasts as play things – not functional entities used to feed our children. Let’s change that. It’s gotta start somewhere.
One way in doing this is to have books and movies around our house that show and talk about breastfeeding – and that it’s normal. Books and movies that we read and see from the beginning Not that attention is drawn to it, but that it’s just there. It’s the way we as mothers nourish our children. Here are some book recommendations. Most are from a toddlers point of view of having a new baby in the house. All of these books that I have chosen show breastfeeding as the normal process. The authors do not bring attention to it – it’s just the way it is.
I went to the library and here are some excellent recommendations…
Not many. I asked the librarian to put a request in for more.
Here are some more excellent book ideas.
One Around the Moon is an excellent multicultural experience!
Have you read your kids any books that show breastfeeding or body images? Do you have any recommendations?