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.