09 September 2006

I thought Isaiah would NEVER...

... exclusively breastfeed for a year! But we did it!

Isaiah turned 1 years old yesterday!!! My how the time has flown.

For the entire year, his only source of nourishment was breastmilk. That is a huge feat to accomplish in society today. "But he's 6mo old and NEEDS solids." Nope. Look at those chunky thighs. "But he's 9mo old and is ANEMIC." Nope. Did that blood test just to prove the pediatrician wrong. "But he won't like solids because he missed that developmental window." Nope. Look at him chow down on that cucumber today.

Why is there such a rush to add solids, when breastmilk alone gives all of the nutrients and calories a baby needs for at least the 1st year of life? I have 2 theories. The first: there is no education and support for new mothers. The second: awful, money-hungry, infant formula poisoning companies, such as Mead Johnson and Nestle to name a couple.

So what can we nursing moms do? Nurse in public and show breastfeeding as something normal and natural and easy to do. Kindly educate those pregnant mothers we see. Destroy all copies of Babywise (and similar schedule feeding books) that we can find. Petition formula companies to put a label (similar to cigarettes) that says formula feeding can be hazardous to babies health. Teach a breastfeeding class.

I think at this time last year I thought that I would NEVER feel as strongly about breastfeeding as I do now. Thank you to my little son for all of the wonderful hours we've spent together.



At 11:55 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

Way to go, Erin. And Happy Birthday, Isaiah!

At 7:09 AM, Blogger TulipGirl said...

Woohoo! Congrats!

My third son did not have solids until he was 9 m/o (and grabbed for a pizza crust when we were out with friends!)

At 3:32 AM, Blogger Sib said...

He's definitely got the "chub" to prove he's doing fine :) Kudos to you for being a great mom! -Em


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