Here are some fun breastfeeding facts, interspersed with photos from our zoo trip: 1. Birds don't nurse their young. Just mammals. BTW, this owl is almost as adorable as my Lo.
2. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding up through age 2 years and beyond. Check it out. Why does the American Academy of Pediatrics only recommend breastfeeding for the first 12 months of life? Just curious.
3. Moms who breastfeed get more sleep. It's a hormone thing.
4. Breast milk cures cancer. 'Nuf said.
5. My child still nurses every 2-3 hours round the clock, with the frequency contributing to my abundant supply.
So. Breastfeeding. We've had our ups and downs over the past nine months, including two cases of mastitis and the occasional clogged duct, antibiotics for both of us, a week-long stay in the NICU, moving, traveling, nursing strikes, and so forth--but I have never supplemented with a drop of formula because I believe whole-heartedly in the benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. I am also fortunate to have had a husband and friends/extended family who are knowledgeable and supportive of my commitment to breastfeed. I feel more and more convinced that any woman has the capacity to breastfeed (with a very small percentage perhaps needing to supplement), but lack of knowledge combined with unfavorable circumstances sometimes lead to early weaning. I hope every woman who wants to can breastfeed for as long as she and baby want to, without recrimination or shame.