Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Magical Milk Pic-o-the-Week ... the finale

After seven years, today the Magical Milk Pic-o-the-Week series is coming to an end.  For those of you who don't know, I started this weekly blurb because of my own story.  I weaned my first born much too soon.  I had little information and even less support.  I was extremely depressed, so I cannot tell you that I would've breastfed longer had the information and support been available.  But statistically speaking, that breastfeeding relationship would have most definitely had a higher chance of extending if breastfeeding had been normalized and modeled for me in my everyday life.

So, I began the series as a way for people to see a child breastfeeding every single week.  My blog is your choice.  It's never forced on you.  You can skip every Tuesday.  Or not.  That's what I liked most about it.  I like to have access to things so I can learn from them in my own time, in my own way.  When I choose.  In this format you have a choice.  And it is another piece of the puzzle to help women make informed choices.  Not to be ashamed of their choice, but to know they left no stone unturned and can feel confident in what they decided.

As I started to consider what I wanted for this very last picture, I knew immediately what it should be.  I wanted a picture from Heartline Ministries in Haiti coupled with words from Beth McHoul.  Not only do I have a very specific love and connection with Haiti and this organization, but they are the perfect picture of why it's important for breastfeeding to be normalized for all people.

It is with surprising tears that I give you the last Magical Milk Pic-o-the-Week.

"We at Heartline aren’t just advocates for exclusive breastfeeding, we are freaks about it. We have boobs in sight all the time! Mother’s milk is flowing and babies are growing! Because this liquid gold is flowing babies aren’t drinking watered down formula made from questionable water, they are not eating smashed up crackers, they are not drinking tea, they are not eating solid foods they can’t digest!
Breast milk keeps babies from dying due to dehydration and diarrhea. Breast milk makes babies smarter, healthier, stronger and more connected to their moms. Breast milk makes our babies chubby, beautiful and glowing.

Mom has more money to spend because she isn’t wasting her precious funds on cow’s milk or food for her baby.

For too long our Haitian ladies have been fed lies about feeding their babies. Too many moms mourned the loss of a baby they loved because they didn’t know breast milk is complete nutrition.

Shout it from the cement rooftops. Breast milk is best! Breast milk saves lives! Haiti is richer when moms breast-feed!

Breastfeeding saves money and lives and we have the babies to prove it!"  - Beth McHoul, CPM


Anonymous said...

Wow, that is a beautiful pic. Perhaps the most beautiful one in the series. The angle on this lovely woman. The serene look on her face. The way it features mom even more than little babe. The ease and naturalness of her body language. The slash of light on her shoulder and the white halo on her head. OK I'll stop. BEAUTIFUL picture. I've come late to this series but want to thank you for it anyway. I've never breastfed a child but I think body shame is part and parcel of refusal of our weird culture to accept breastfeeding in public. And I have been victim to LOADS of body shame. I don't know any woman who hasn't. So thank you.

On an entirely separate note, as someone who knows a lot about traumatized children, I wonder if you have any insights about people who have been neglected in very early infanthood (and later, as well). How does one correct for that later in life?

Joyce said...

Love love love love love those photos of those beautiful big chubby healthy babies - oh it warms my heart. My limited experience with Haiti is thin, hydrocephalus kids on the point of starvation.
thanks so much for there beaut photos - I agree perfect ending to your series

M.D. like me said...

Thank you for your series!
-A pediatrician in training

rebeccalyr said...

I just adore the last picture on your post, with the row of mamas all feeding their babies. How sad that we have to normalize something so simple as breast feeding- the Magical Milk Pic-o-the-Week did a great job .