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I loved the statement "we all struggle with how to be mothers, and each of us has to find our own way." Hallelujah. Regardless of how a mother has to leave her child, it is hard. It doesn't matter where or when. My son will start a mother's day out program 2 times a week this fall when he turns 2. It's apparent to everyone involved that it's going to be harder on me than him.
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I love the statement "As a breastfeeding Mom, and one who works, I feel a responsibility to show off my breastfeeding. I nurse in public – at the mall, in Church, at work, on the street." Yes, yes, YES. I feel the same way, too. I traveled quite a bit with my son when he was a baby. Before he was even a year old he had dipped his toe in the Atlantic AND the Pacific. I've nursed him on various beaches, airplanes, airports and busy tourist spots such as Faneuil Hall in Boston and Ashbury Haight in San Francisco - although, my personal favorite was George Washington's front lawn. I also felt a "duty" to show the general public that a breastfeeding mother can travel easily with her child without everything turning into a big deal such as the media likes to show.
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I totally laughed out loud at the statement "You may have heard these companies' claims that these bags are no big deal - they don't dissuade women from breastfeeding, and they're not an important marketing tool. " What a load of stinky poo! Very few companies do things for altruism - there's a reason why business and charities are defined differently. Like the formula companies are donating bags from the "goodness of their hearts". ha! How about this? I think it's crummy that breastfeeding supplies aren't really passed out as samples much (like the soothing gel pads, which I've spend a fortune stocking up on since rumor has it, I am due to give birth next week.) However, breastfeeding mothers NEED those supplies, so those companies know we'll buy them anyway. Most new mothers don't HAVE to buy formula, so there's more incentive to hand THOSE goodies out for free. Kelli www.nursingyourkids.com
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Nice, so now we have to be HAPPY while we are breastfeeding? What the hell? :-) No seriously, that sort of thing is interesting, but I hope it doesn't lead women to feel guilty if they aren't laughing and happy while nursing. Kelli www.nursingyourkids.com
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Great post! I think most new fathers do feel a bit helpless while a new mother struggles with breastfeeding, but this post illustrates just how much else there is to do with a new baby around. Kelli www.nursingyourkids.com
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