How did we get here? Let’s learn about the history of breastfeeding and why formula was created.
I just finished reading Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy by Jennifer Grayson. I am a breastfeeding advocate and took the extra step to become educated about lactation and earned my certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor.
There is always something new to learn and I will support every mother regardless of how they feed their baby, but I will say breastfeeding is preferred and I get fired up if someone tells me formula is equal and just fine compared to breast milk.
In our culture, breasts have been sexualized, yet the biological purpose of breasts is to nourish our offspring (not tantalize). When someone says breastfeeding is disgusting, I think, “You need to educate yourself.”
Jennifer Grayson’s book is a great way to get the historical facts about how breastfeeding has evolved from the old testament and Talmud (it’s actually Jewish law for mother’s to nurse) to post-industrial revolution, but this is not just a history book. It asks the questions, instead of thinking about how breast is best, let’s ask what the health risks are for not breast feeding? It’s incredibly well researched, funny, and really easy, enjoyable, enlightening and entertaining read. Check it out!
A great read (or listen)
I am listening to Kelsey Miller’s memoir: Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life on CD. It speaks to me on many many levels. Kelsey is candid and honest about everything. She opens with “being a 21st century women with a messed-up relationship to food does not make me a beautiful and unique snowflake.” I love her already. The book is described as “a memoir for anyone who’s dealt with a distorted body image, food issues, or a dysfunctional family. It’s for the late-bloomers and the not-yet-bloomed. It’s for everyone who’s tried and failed and felt like a big, fat loser. So, basically, everyone.” This will be one of those books I’ll be sad to finish because I’ll miss it.
I’m going gray/silver/white
While I am still experiencing high school acne in my 30s, I also have the pleasure of finding many gray hairs sprouting on my head. This is not making me look distinguished, but I don’t know if I want to do anything about it. Dying my hair would require more effort than I care for, so I guess we’ll see how much silver and white I can sport before I reach for a bottle of dye!