By: Kristy Kemp
You all know those questions people "ask" but they are more like insinuations and judgments. Here are seven of those...
1.) "Do you have a good baby?"
When what they are really asking is, "So does your baby sleep through the night, nurse when you want them to, and doesn't cry often?" We have this warped view on what makes a baby, "good" and it needs to stop.
So my reply to that would be- "If by good you mean my baby wakes through the night, constantly wants to be held. and latched onto my boob 24/7, then yes my baby is great! My baby acts the way babies are biologically wired to act."
2.) "Shouldn't that kid be on cows milk by now?"
This one gets my blood boiling. First of all, humans do not NEED cows milk, it's a preference. So to insinuate to a breastfeeding mom that she should rush through weaning before they are even ready to stop giving her child breastmilk so that said child could drink cows milk in it's place is asinine.
My reply to that is- "Considering cows milk doesn't offer anything extra breastmilk does and breastmilk offers so much more than cows milk, what exactly is the rush to wean my human child off my human milk? She has her whole life to choose cows milk if she pleases, but for now she and I would rather her have the best possible milk she could consume. In the second year breastmilk provides:
29% of energy requirements
43% of protein requirements
36% of calcium requirements
75% of vitamin A requirements
76% of folate requirements
94% of vitamin B12 requirements
60% of vitamin C requirements
That sounds a whole lot more nutritional than any udder milk."