August is breastfeeding awareness month. Did you know that? I didn't.
I know, as a pregnancy blogger I should know that kind of thing – I suck (yuk, yuk) – but it's still August so I still have time to be *aware*.
So I rounded up some of my favourite articles and images that have to do with breastfeeding – I'd call it "Booby Tuesday" but, alas, it's Friday and I can't think of anything for that.
I've tried very hard to find articles that are both informative and truly helpful. I'm sure you're well aware that some people are very passionate about breastfeeding and I think that's great, however, what I don't find great is making someone feel shitty because they aren't breastfeeding. If you can do it, go for it, if you can't, no worries.
So let's celebrate the magical wonder of breasts and how they aren't just for holding up tube tops and getting mardi gras beads. Woot!
Here's a great article I found called The Timeline of the Breastfed Baby from The Alpha Parent that lays out an average timeline for breastfeeding a baby from birth to two years +. While every baby is different, the detail in the article is amazing and certainly worth a read.
I found article on How Long Can You Store Breastmilk from Motherlove handy. I remember in the beginning pumping something like two ounces over the course of an hour and caring for it like it was liquid gold. I don't know if it would have been helpful or dangerous for me to know if was only good for 3-4 hours at room temperature.
Remember when I first featured the Boobie Beanie? Well, I still love these hats and you can find them all over Etsy. I am particularly fond of these ones from Gypsythatiwas. Not just because they look cool and come in a variety of skin tones, but because she used the terms, "Jughead" and "Mamtam" in her search tags AND you can get an optional nipple ring.
Love, love this article written by Mary Lynne Biener for Kindercare called, Supporting Breastfeeding Families Systemic Failure and the Myth of Choice on how, as a society, we have to step it up when it comes to supporting women trying to breastfeed.
I was never able to find an original source for this, but how much does this kid rock?
I'm going to go ahead and say this is one of the most badass awesome breastfeeding photos. C'mon, she's breastfeeding while holding a machete. Suck on that Time magazine.
Wicked series by Russ Desaulniers and Kate Wilhelm on Breast Feeding and Roller Derby.
Possibly my most favourite article about breastfeeding called Breastfeeding in the Land of Genghis Khan by Ruth Kamnitzer. I have no doubt that Mongolians would find our social stigmas around breastfeeding ridiculous if they weren't so busy being awesome.
So hurray for breastfeeding and hurray for supporting the woman doing it. Viva la boob!