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Pump ’em If You Got ’em: Breastfeeding Makes For Smarter Babies

Published on March 29, 2013 by   ·   6 Comments Pin It

Warning: We feel preachy about breastfeeding today, so you are gonna feel it in this mini-rant:

Why is it that breastfeeding has become a neutral “choice” for women, like.. “It’s just not for me.” How does that makes sense? If breastfeeding isn’t for you, maybe having a baby isn’t for you? And we want to know.. ladies who say that.. why do you think it isn’t for you? Is it the closeness to your baby that bugs you? The intimacy? The health benefits?

If you have a baby.. and you can (acknowledging the woman who cannot produce milk or the adoptive parent in this argument who clearly isn’t the source of our hexation) – then you damn well should.  Why? Because it’s optimal, it’s the perfect food for baby, and it simply makes happier, smarter, more well adjusted babies.  You had a baby, your boobs are there for food.. for your baby. We’ve gotten so backwards that boobs have become sexual items and not what they really are which are feeding mechanisms! And this whole “oh, I breastfed for 6 weeks” – Mama you can do better! We are here to support you (as are thousands of lactation consultants worldwide!) to keep you going for two years.  Here’s the timeline of a breastfed baby.

Yea, we said it.  Two years is just what the doctor ordered.  Longer if you can. Pump ’em if you got ’em, girls.

Here are some factoids:

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding.

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Readers Comments (6)

  1. Marisa says:

    I completely agree that breastmilk is the best source of food for newborns/toddlers, but there are many reasons that lead someone to stop breastfeeding early in a child’s life. A mother may want to breastfeed, but when she works two jobs and doesn’t have sufficient breaks to pump milk and a place to store it, she doesn’t feel like she has any other option but to switch to formula. I am all for breastfeeding, but I can completely sympathize with those who are having trouble lugging their breast pump and milk around for 10 hour days to school or to work. Not everyone sits in an office all day or works from home. Some people travel constantly (the TSA just loves breastmilk), some people drive a truck or car all day, etc. These are not easy jobs where you can just carve out time to pump. Instead of chastising mothers who don’t breastfeed, we need to focus our efforts on changing both laws and perception. Everyone should be given generous family leave time, and mothers should be given the time at work to pump, and not be penalized for taking these breaks. Also, we need to change the composition of formula. Holy crap, did you read that list of ingredients?!

  2. Clementine says:

    Women who don’t breastfeed and can are gross. Selfish to the max.

  3. I am an exclusive breastfeeding mom to my 6 week old babe and I plan to keep at until she wants to stop. I’m an RN who has considered becoming a lactation consultant. I am totally pro-breastfeeding. I am incredibly educated on breastfeeding and was very motivated to breastfeed my child. That all being said, I found the first 2 weeks of breastfeeding incredibly painful and while I knew I would never give up, I developed great empathy for women who struggle with breastfeeding and totally understand why they would quit. I am happily bound to my daughter 24/7 nowadays so I can exclusively BF but I am lucky. I don’t work and my husband financially supports us until I decide to work (we aren’t rich, either–just frugal and live in a relatively cheap city, Philly). If I had to work, I might make very different choices. Women don’t breastfeed for many reasons. None of those reasons are because they are, as Clementine so kindly states, “gross” or “selfish.” Our culture and economy and workplaces don’t support mothers period and they certainly don’t support the effort it takes to breastfeed for any period of time, let alone 2 years. We need to stop blaming individual women for making tough choices and start looking at this issue globally. We need to agitate to change on bigger levels and meet women where they are so they can breastfeed in a way that works for them and their families. I am all for breastfeeding but I am not for kicking women around and not looking at my own privilege.

  4. Natasha says:

    Wow! What happened to not judging your fellow women? Women face enough in life in a still unequal society as it is without having to face judgment from her fellow women on matters that are completely personal and entirely not your business.

  5. Kevin says:

    I’m a gay man. When my partner and I adopt, I doubt we’ll breastfeed. Then again, I’m not the source of your hexation. I wonder what your thoughts on mothers’ milk banks are, though.

  6. Arati says:

    I would have loved to breastfeed exclusively had I the option to be on maternity leave beyond 6 weeks, once pumping replaces a significant number of direct feelings, the breast milk supply definitely falls short. I would imagine that having to get back to work so early is definitely a factor in deciding how long you ca exclusively breastfeed.

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