Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hello! My name is Selfish

As I am sure you already know, Similac is recalling millions of containers of formula due to a "beetle concern"  This recall has lead to debates and snide comments on both Facebook and Twitter between mothers that are breastfeeding and mothers that are formula feeding.  I am a breastfeeding mom, so this recall does not affect me. However, I have a confession to make.

I never considered breastfeeding my kids until after I became pregnant.  And to be completely honest, the whole idea of it freaked me out just a little bit.  Okay, it freaked me out a lot.  What kind of joy and satisfaction could possibly come from having a baby attached to your boob?  Even reading that breast milk was the best food source for my baby wasn't enough to convince me that I should breastfeed.  But do you want to know what did convince me to give breastfeeding a shot?  I read in one of my pregnancy books that breastfeeding would help me lose the weight that I had put on during pregnancy..

I didn't decide to breastfeed for the benefit of my baby.  I decided to breastfeed for my own benefit.  Those reasons did change as I learned more about the awesomeness that is breast milk, but my initial reason was and will always be based on my own selfishness.

As it turns out, breastfeeding my kids has brought me joy and satisfaction.  But, I also am very much aware that breastfeeding is not possible for every mother in the world.  In times like this, when there are recalls on things like formula, we as mothers need to band together.  These mothers that are using formula did not choose to feed their babies insect parts and larvae.  And when it comes to things that are being put in and on our children's bodies every precaution should be being made by companies to make sure that it safe. That, my friends, is the real issue.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I don't think you are the only one selfish. I'm sure many other women felt the same way. Losing the baby weight wasn't the deciding factor for me but it sure was a great side effect. I will definitely be breastfeeding again with the next one and using cloth diapers.