So you’ve decided to breastfeed. Fantastic! Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nourish your baby while establishing early bonding. Unfortunately, breast milk comes out of breasts so there are a few ground rules that we need to cover.
As you know, (female) modesty is a highly protected value in modern society. Unless you’re a magazine cover model or in a music video, exposing your female udder flesh is entirely inappropriate. Science has proven that breasts are basically large vaginas. Only you and your partner should ever see them. Just because your breast-ginas are full of milk, doesn’t mean you get to wave them around.
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That’s great that you support breastfeeding. I actually would love to get to the stage when we stop calling it breastfeeding, and just call it feeding. That’s all it is. You’re not feeding a breast, you’re feeding a baby. It’s babyfeeding. Should women have to cover their babies to feed them in public? That sounds a little silly, doesn’t it?
But to answer your question, there are several reasons why moms might not cover up in public:
Dental caries and prolonged breastfeeding still trigger much debate among professionals and parents. Some mothers are still being told to discontinue breastfeeding their toddlers because of cavities in the mouth. Parents often feel very discouraged and upset when they are forced to stop breastfeeding their toddlers. Dental caries is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood, and is a disease of multifactorial etiology. This paper reviews the literature on dental caries and breastfeeding. This review revealed that there was no conclusive evidence that prolonged breastfeeding increased the risk of early childhood cavities. (emphasis added)
As emerging research sheds light on possible reasons for lactation trouble even when mothers receive competent support, insulin resistance, or IR, is rising to the forefront of the discussion of possible causes.
How can you know whether your pediatrician is knowledgeable enough to help you meet the AAP recommendations for infant feeding or your own breastfeeding personal goals? We’ve got you covered. We asked two nationally-recognized pediatricians who are also members of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, a worldwide organization of breastfeeding supportive physicians, for important questions to ask and recommended answers to know if your doctor is truly breastfeeding-friendly.
CHICAGO — New mothers are less likely to breast-feed if they are obese, a new study suggests. In the study of more than 66,500 new mothers in the United States, obese women were 16 percent less likely to say that they had ever breast-fed their baby, compared to normal-weight women. Overall, about 75 percent of obese women said they had ever breast-fed, compared with 81 percent of normal-weight women. The study could not determine the reason for the link between obesity and a lower likelihood of breast-feeding.
Breastfeeding has been linked to a number of benefits for mother and baby that may be especially important in a family prone to obesity. Care providers should be aware of the challenges facing obese women and provide additional support.