Breastfeeding & Blogging


  1. my favorite part? “yes it is. the end.” so awesome.

  2. I agree with homeslice – awesome!

  3. Wow, it seems like years later this topic is still going around! I think I found QOS way back when when you were flashing your breasts was causing waves – I was breastfeeding then and still am (luckily I’m not the same child!) While it’s always a hot topic to bring up, it really does seem that both sides are meeting a bit more in the middle. What hasn’t changed is some unwritten deadline for weaning even within the breastfeeding community. I am currently breastfeeding my 1.5 year old son (in public on occasion) and nursed my daughter to the age of 3.5 years old (in public on occasion). That sparks negative comments from even the most dedicated breastfeeding supporters, to which I now have a comeback to ‘are you still nursing that child’?

    Yes I am, the end.

  4. I loved your spot on blogher backtalk! Keep up all the good work!

  5. Is it best? Yes. Did I want to? Yes.

    COULD I, medically?


    Was I tired of people who didn’t know me judging me on why my baby was bottle fed?


    The end.

  6. I should have added more to my comment. What bothered me as a mom who had to bottle feed was that I was often called selfish or my mothering was called into question because I was bottle feeding Jake. I had an actual medical reason that I didn’t feel was anyone’s business-I mean, they are MY boobs, and this was MY baby. He was well fed, happy, and healthy, and to me that was all that mattered. How he was fed had no bearing on what kind of mother I was or am today. In fact, now it truly doesn’t even matter.

  7. @Lynette:

    Where I live there seems to be an unspoken age of weaning. Here in Canada, because of the one year maternity leave, most people seem to wean in time to go back to work. Some “rebel” stay-at-home moms push it a bit longer. But most people don’t realize that it is recommended that babies be breastfed until they are at least 2 years old with breastfeeding continuing after that for as long as mom and child wish.

    I try to be as open as possible with as many people about child-led weaning and the possibility of partial weaning (i.e. with an older nursling I can work and still breastfeed, without having to pump at work). I hope that by sharing what I am doing, more people will realize that it is a possibility.

  8. I think more moms would talk about the other side of the issue if they didn’t feel like they were going to get personally attacked by other moms – which seems to happen in the blogosphere. I’ve seen the “breast is best” mantra used more than once as an epithet. Also, very few breastfeeding advocates take into account that women are still facing very real career issues if they try to pump at work; especially those who are in lower income brackets.

    If you were a mom who was faced with paying your bills or breastfeeding, and then on top of that you felt you were being harshly judged by women who could afford to stay home, would you speak up about why you decided not to breastfeed?

    Frankly, I think most of these conversations should be about how we change the cultural view and support of breastfeeding CHOICES. Then that might open up the conversation.

    BTW, I pumped and fed formula to my son. I wasn’t producing enough on my own for him to thrive. I have no regrets.


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