Lately there has been a word that has been making my skin crawl: lactivist. There is a notion that these lactation activists are pushing breastfeeding on woman and that they look down on formula feeding moms. Not helping matters is the fact that pushing nursing as the only option has been in the news lately which is added to the negative connotation of “lactivism.” Here is my very personal opinion on breastfeeding: I absolutely think that breastfeeding is the best choice for feeding your baby. The tons of chemical ingredients in formula and the fact that human babies should not be consuming animal dairy make it a simple choice for me. I also fully acknowledge that breastfeeding is hard…super hard sometimes, but I think we have begun to be a society where “I can’t do that” is an the go to answer about nursing instead of being a village of women supporting each other in the process. If I had a dollar for every time someone said they physically could not nurse, I would be pretty wealthy. The truth is, research states that only 5% of moms can’t lactate properly to feed a baby. So what can we do to raise these low numbers:
- Only 79% of newborns even ever start breastfeeding, meaning 21% never try.
- 49% are babies are breastfed for six months.
- Only 27% are breastfed for their entire first year.
|We took this family selfie while Zoe gobbled down her first bottle|
|I saw this thing more than my husband!|