I sit on the board of directors for a local breastfeeding clinic and advocacy center.* I do this because I believe strongly that women who choose to breastfeed should be able to get support, information, and adequate care – needs I see as lacking in the general medical community more often than not.
I want to be clear, however, on my personal outlook on breastfeeding: Your body. Your boobs. Your business.
I was heart broken to learn recently that several times friends were nervous or intimidated for me to find out that they either decided to formula feed from the get-go, or after struggling to breastfeed, decided to quit and use formula.
My hope for any mother is that they find confidence in their own choices and parent in way that caters to their specific child and needs.There are thousands of good reasons to decide to breastfeed. There are thousands of good reasons to decide to use formula.
I’ll say it again: Your body. Your boobs. Your business. It is up to you whether you decide to continue lactating after giving birth. It is your call when you decide to wean your baby. It is your decision whether or not you cover when you nurse. It is your choice to pump exclusively rather than nurse. This is no different than any other reproductive rights issue.
Last time: Your body. Your boobs. Your business.
Whatever choice feels right to you, for your baby, I got your back mama. You do you. Love that baby. I’m cheering for you.
*since this post I have resigned from this board due to scheduling conflicts. I still support medical care for lactating women.