Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Magical Milk Pic-O-the-Week



(photo by Pinot and Dita)

14 comments:

Mary Beth said...

Oh no! #3 was me when Joshua was three weeks old. We had taken him to the church where I had worked as a secretary for a year and then went out to lunch afterward with the pastor and his family. I was so new and so bad at NIP that I put my whole head under the blanket. The pastor said to me, "I think you're calling more attention to yourself with a blanket over your head than if you just latched him on and let him eat." The pastor was a man and was with his wife and two preteen sons. I'm glad he helped me "get it." I never did that again!

Amie said...

Wow, yeah, that is really sad.....

Liz said...

I like your pictures.

Amy said...

so, as a pro-breastfeeding mother am i strange for not wanting to breast feed in public, not because i don't wnat to offend others, but because i don't want to expose my breast in public?

Christine said...

You're not strange. Our society is strange. It is odd and unusual for a woman's breast to be exposed in order for her to feed her child. It is not seen as the norm. THAT is strange, and hopefully it is changing.

There are people out there that say, "See! These ladies can do this in public while covering up! So, that should be required."

I could not disagree more. Children are to nurse for years, not months. If it is normal for a child to pop on and off of the breast wherever and whenever, naturally, more women will nurse and they'll do it for a long time. When it is seen as unnatural and something to hide ... heck, I wouldn't want to keep it up! That would be miserable!

The more we see it, the less strange it will be. And that will be good.

It's my prayer that one day people will look at women who hide to nurse and say, "Wow, that's odd."

Sam said...

That last picture looks pretty discrete to me. How do we define discrete anyway?

Summer said...

A-MEN!

Christine said...

I don't think "discrete" and breastfeeding should ever be intertwined. By using the word "discrete," we are saying that there is something about it that should be covered or hidden.

The word "discrete" also implies that you are doing it for the benefit of everyone around you. By trying to be "discrete," you have put everyone else above what is best and most natural for your baby.

People still feel that way, and I can't change that with one picture. People only have an average of two children right now - not the 6-12 that once was. There is a giant gap for most Americans, between being born and giving birth. They are rarely, if ever, exposed to childbirth, breastfeeding, etc. It's foreign and strange. It's a short-lived event when it happens to friends, instead of something with which they are always surrounded.

America has actually created these feelings in women. It will be a slow change, but I'm so excited to be a teeny-tiny part of it.

Mary Beth said...

I, too, have a problem with using "discrete" and "breastfeeding" in the same sentence. As though there are women walking through Target who, when their babies need to eat, lift up their shirts, remove their bras, and shout to the world that their child is about to latch onto the breast. I've never seen a woman who does anything other than lift up her shirt, unlatch her bra, and feed her baby. If nipple does show (GASP!) it's because she's inexperienced or uncomfortable, not because she's an exhibitionist. Anyway, when a woman breastfeeds there's a heckuva lot less skin showing than most of see at the pool or on a Victoria's Secret ad.

Nancy said...

I am nursing #6. I think I may have flashed the neighbor as I was sitting in my driveway this evening watching my boys play. Oh well!

Leann said...

I have been working on a research project and came across this precious picture right in the middle of looking for wild salmon for my purchasing list. LOL Enjoy!!!

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Sam said...

"There is a giant gap for most Americans, between being born and giving birth. They are rarely, if ever, exposed to childbirth, breastfeeding, etc. It's foreign and strange."

Bingo! I have always thought that we do a disservice to ourselves and our children when we separate the generations from one another the way we do. Never thought of "discrete" and "breastfeeding" in that manner.

Melodie said...

These make me sad. Some could say at least they're breastfeeding, right? Yeah, but for how long? If they are so uncomfortable with it maybe they won't continue for very long. But hey, maybe they will too. So hard to know but the pics are very powerful either way.

Emily said...

"To those who would ask, "Why post pictures of yourself breastfeeding on the internet, for the world to see?" This is why..."