Several of the other participants are doing challenges...like 31 days to accomplish something. Others are doing a blog series...like 31 days of blogging about ___. I have decided that I will do the latter. Since I'm starting a day late this will run until November, but who really cares? =P This series will be based on something that I am very passionate about and love doing.
Yup, you read that correctly: breastfeeding. I love breastfeeding Charlotte. Until a couple years ago, I never even dreamed that I would breastfeed, let alone love it. I planned on feeding her formula because, hey, that's what everyone else does! And then I'd see/read things here and there... I went grocery shopping one day and spied a can of formula...which cost $20. I read about how breastmilk provides a baby with so many antibodies that they're less likely to develop ear infections, colds, and bowel problems. I read about how breastfeeding is good for the momma too. Then my niece was born and my SIL breastfed her. My bestie had her little girl about a year later and breastfed as well. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by all these moms who were (or had) breastfeeding and loving it!
Sadly, breastfeeding is seen as something sort of taboo in our culture. I mean, God forbid we whip out a breast to feed our child! But it's totally cool to see a size 0 20something woman barely covered up in a local restaurant or mall. Or in a magazine. Or on TV. Or anywhere else. Society would rather we take it somewhere else or feed them a bottle "like everyone else does."
So I'm going to use this series to bring knowledge to my readers who don't understand breastfeeding. Hopefully this will reach others, too, but for now just sharing with my lovely followers is enough. Some days I may just post a photo of Charlotte and I doing the breastfeeding thing (as modestly as possible, of course), but I'm hoping that I can come up with a bunch of breastfeeding-related topics to spark interest. I'm also hoping that this will help moms-to-be who are thinking of breastfeeding and new moms who need some encouragement. I know I could've used any amount of encouragement possible those first few weeks!
That said, I'd like to know if YOU have any questions about breastfeeding. Feeding positions, cracking/bleeding, feeding in public, pumps, bottles, nursing covers, nursing pillows, nursing pads, nursing bras, feeding schedules, etc. Don't be shy! I'll answer any question I'm asked!
If you're breastfeeding too and want to share thoughts, photos, etc, I might just turn it into a link-up or something! But the demand for that would need to be pretty high. Just a thought!
You may leave your breastfeeding questions in the comments or you can send them by email.
Can't wait to get started!