Holy crap #1: it's already 2011! Jeepers. What happened? I kind of feel like time should have stopped somewhere around 2003 when Ayden was born. Because I don't *feel* any older than I was then but somehow 8 years of age crept up on me and leapt out of the dark corners and yelled, "AHA! Gotcha!"
New Years festivities for me included six phone calls with my mother, several hours devoted to a post on Mothers of Change, and 2 episodes of PVRd Criminal Minds. I heard the fireworks at midnight and shushed the dog when he barked at them. I went to bed shortly thereafter and slept like a baby all night. Woke up to blood sugar of 5.7~the lowest I've had since before Christmas! That's a good way to bring in the New Year.
New Years resolutions this year? I don't have the energy. Other than a normal, uneventful, beautiful birth, my goals are pretty everyday. Peaceful year. Lots of blog buddies are asking for the same thing; modest goals that add up to a peaceful, uneventful, happy, healthy year. Sounds fantastic to me. Avoiding postpartum anxiety this time would be fantastic, too.
Holy crap #2: we opened up a can of worms on Mothers of Change regarding formula advertising....It's tough because I feel like I want to present what I have learned without sabotaging anyone's maternal confidence, regardless of feeding methods. You guys know me; passionate about women first, and breastfeeding second. It's a long, long fight to protect breastfeeding and to give women who want to breastfeed the best possible chance for success, and at the same time strive to make it obvious that I support women's right to choose ANY informed choice. But few people comment in agreement or support on blogs like MC, (those who do are generally board members! lol!) and the comments we get which disagree or criticize make me want to withdraw to private blogging again simply because I'm better known here. You guys don't agree with me all the time, but you know ME first and my opinions next, so I generally feel like even if you think an opinion is "out there," you trust my intentions.
This is a distinction I'm learning to grapple with as both kinds of writers with different audiences.
[please don't anyone feel dissuaded from disagreeing with me or questioning me; this is me processing my learning curve, not wishing for no dissent]
It's tough, too, because I don't want to come across too wrapped up in conspiracy theory type thinking, but when it comes to birth and breastfeeding, there is a lot in our system which works against nature's design but appears to be in the best interests of the health of women and babies. Many people don't realize how obstetrical trends have interfered with the birth and breastfeeding process and continue to interfere, and so when I spout my ideas I sound crazy because they're so different from the accepted norm. And then for me to start talking about formula companies undermining and sabotaging breastfeeding efforts through ads and commercials which seem benign makes me sound like a conspiracy theorist. Sigh. I guess I just have to come to terms with being a conspiracy theorist. Call me CT. Nice to meet you =)
Which reminds me that I haven't yet done a review of The Politics of Breastfeeding on here. I really passionately want to, but its a daunting task because the book is so good and goes deep into the history of infant formulas and their ads and close alignment with the medical establishment and unethical marketing practices like dressing representatives up in nurse's uniforms and sending them to maternity wards in Africa to 'educate' women on the superiority of infant formula and inferiority of human milks: women who were formula feeding their infants were asked why they chose to do so and the women would reply with, "Because the nurse at the hospital told me to!" This was in the 1960s and I believe this practice disappeared shortly thereafter, although I wouldn't be surprised if it were found somewhere still.
What's the big deal? Here's an example of what happens in developing nations when infants are formula fed:
This woman gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, and was incorrectly informed that she would not be able to produce enough breast milk for both babies and advised to formula feed one and breastfeed the other. She travelled quite far to meet up with UNICEF aid workers in Pakistan, asking them to take a photograph to document how ill her formula fed twin was. She was devastated and her sick baby died the following day (source).
I get kind of passionate about infant feeding practices.
I will do a better review of the book at some time soon~that and another book I read that I didn't like nearly as much and have much criticism against; Breastfeeding Older Children by Ann Sinnott.
Happy new year everyone! Peace and love for 2011...