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The Breastfeeding Post That Broke the Internet

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Today, I’m just featuring one blogger: Gina, AKA The Feminist Breeder. Yes, I’ve featured one of her posts before, but man, this one was EXCELLENT.

See, this week a huge study came out about the benefits of breastfeeding. The researchers found that the lives of over 900 babies a year (just in America!) could be saved by breastfeeding and that if 90% of women breastfed exclusively (that means no formula, rice cereal, solids) for 6 months, the US could save $13 BILLION dollars.

Pretty amazing, huh?

Well, it didn’t take long before a lot of women got upset about being “guilted” over formula feeding. I was shocked by that. This paper isn’t about guilt at all! It’s about realizing that the messages we women are receiving about our bodies and what they’re capable of, especially our breasts, are WRONG.

Women are amazing and we’re capable of so much more than society would lead us to believe!

If, after being totally informed, women choose to use formula, cool, that’s your choice. Or maybe you’re like me and you had to use formula for other reasons. Cool. (Well, not cool, but you know what I mean!)

Gina’s article When It Comes to Breastfeeding, We Can’t Handle the Truth, talks about all of this in such a straightforward way. She also uses data and cites her sources, which I think is really important. Gina is a blogger who clearly puts a lot of effort into her posts and her passion for the subject shines through. I mean, just read this snippet:

Get mad that we have no paid leave to help support the breastfeeding relationship. Get mad that moms aren’t being given free breastpumps, lactation consultants, and healthier food. Get mad at a system that puts Girls Gone Wild tits on the cover of every magazine, but bans breastfeeding pictures on Facebook. These are the issues that need our attention as mothers, or as feminists, or simply as women with brains…Women are creators and sustainers of LIFE, and there is absolutely no reason to feel guilty about saying so. (Emphasis mine)

Well, a lot of people agreed with me that Gina’s post was phenomenal, and she got 10,000 hits on her site in 8 hours. JustHost, who hosts her website, decided to hold her website hostage for $150. It’s a long story and she details it here, but it ends with Twitter being a family yet again, and her followers raising the cash in just 18 minutes. (She’s now hosted elsewhere.) So, when you have a moment, head on over and check out that post too, because she lists all the wonderful “tweeps” who helped her out.

Nobody can convince me that Twitter friends can’t be just as cool as friends in Real Life.

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  1. I loved Gina’s post. To the point that I was crying while reading it. She addressed the issue with such clarity and grace; she phrased everything exactly the way that I’ve wanted to but couldn’t find the words to do so.

    Thanks for spreading the word and sending more people to her post. It’s amazing and it NEEDS to be read.

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  2. You both are way too kind. I honestly don’t even know what I said to get that kind of response. I was just doing my usual “I’m pissed and therefore I will scorch the earth with fury” sorta thing that I always do when this crap comes up.

    It makes me so happy that so many people enjoyed it. You should see what SOME people are saying about me though! There are places on the internet where it’s been reposted and people think I’m the worlds most hateful A-hole. I tell ya, you just can’t win.

    At least you lovely ladies liked it, and that’s all that matters to me.

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  3. Gina and yourself have managed to put what I can’t into words on the whole “Breastfeeding/Guilt” subject, and believe I’ve tried time and time again to get it out there!

    Thanks for a great read, and Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

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  4. I breastfed all my kids & wish evey new mom would give it an honest try. I LOVED the article. I don’t understand women who don’t even TRY to breastfeed.

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  5. I love this post. I can’t agree with you more than I do.

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  6. It got people talking and if just a handful of mums are helped to decide then thats good :-) I wanted to breast feed but my son was not cooperating I expressed for 14 days until my eyes were hanging out of my head for lack of sleep (please note he had jaundice and was on an excellerated feeding plan) Thankyou for bringing this to even more peeps (including me) Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest”

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  7. So glad I’m saving all that money by breastfeeding baby “J” Saving $13 BILLION dollars in nothing to sneeze at ~ and I’m obsessed with saving moola!

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  8. Such a great story, I will probably breastfeed because I think it is healthy for the babe and economical — but my momma didn’t breastfeed me because she said “it just wasn’t done in the 1980s.” I think it is cool that it is becoming more the thing.

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  9. Stopping by from SITS! I am so glad I clicked on your blog as I find your post very interesting and there are a lot of things I agree with.

    I think another niche in the breastfeeding community that could really use more support and information are the exclusive pumpers. I exclusively pumped for my son for 4 days shy of 6 months. I was always on the search for information and tips but found very little. I am amazed on a regular basis by the strength and determination of fellow exclusive pumpers who work very hard to provide their babies with breastmilk since many do not have the option of breastfeeding for a variety of circumstances.

    Now I’m off to take a look at Gina’s blog! I am very intrigued by her story. Have a great day! :)

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  10. Fantastic! I can’t wait to read her post!

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