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How things change

May 10, 2012

Before I fell pregnant I never imagined that I would nurse a day in my life.  The thought repulsed me.  Now, 9 months later almost to the day, I can barely believe that I once thought that.  It is so far from where I am today.  Now I’m in the process of becoming a La Leche League leader… that’s how far my thought process has come in a short 9 months.  Breastfeeding changed my life and the way that I thought to such a degree I can barely believe it.

My baby is just about still a baby, when I look at her now she is more like a toddler, but she’s still my baby.  I know it’s only a matter of time before I start getting  “Are you STILL breastfeeding?”  Somehow, it’s not normal.  I read a fascinating essay yesterday – “Watch your Language” by Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC.  She goes into the dangers of talking about breastfeeding as if it’ not normal and that saying things like “Breast is Best” is actually damaging.  We shouldn’t be singing the praises of breast milk, rather highlighting the dangers of formula feeding.  In our society we speak as though feeding formula were normal when in actual fact, it’s breast feeding that’s normal.  We need to start speaking from a place where breast feeding is normal and not the other way around.

I believe and know that I am doing the most normal and natural thing by breastfeeding my Nerys, it’s “you” that needs to change your thinking and attitude, not me.