A Voice For The Community

"I am blessed. I had a wonderful and encouraging support system in my husband, family, and a few nurses who sensed my determination and frustration. I had opportunities to attend support programs and join groups of supportive women who understand. I have formed friendships and am surrounded by great people who share their knowledge. And I have learned. I have learned that every woman not only has a right to choose what is best for her and her child but to make an informed decision and receive support" Jillian, nursing mama to Jack Angelo

This is place to share the stories that come along with being a nursing mama. Wether you breast-fed your baby for 1 day or 3 years, we're not here to judge, simply to listen. Listen to what happened when you tried your best for 3 whole weeks only to be defeated. Listen to how being a mommy changed the way you looked at the world. And all the other stories, insights and moments that fall in between the complex and the truthful lessons you learned from your baby.

Read. Enjoy. Share. This is the voice of the nursing community.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Results are in! 1 year of nursing baby wins...???

I chose to put the following polls back to back in the past two weeks.  As Teddy and I near our 1 year marker I find myself observing the lack of support for mamas nursing their babies past infancy.  I thought I'd check for myself to see where the numbers were falling within my nursing community.  Does societies pressure to wean your baby at 6 months effect the mama's I know (or that are reading this)?  Does the stigma to nursing your baby past 12 months pressure any mamas to wean early (or earlier than their baby wants)??  It seems to me, based on the numbers I got, that 1 year seems to be a popular goal and weaning period".  Here are the results, judge for yourself:

Results of "How long did you plan on nursing your baby?"
25% 6 months
25% whenever
50% 1 year

Results of "How long did/have you nursed your baby?'
50% 6 months PLUS
41% 1 year  PLUS
8% Until they weaned naturally

1 comment:

  1. Just got this in my inbox, I like the message it sends!
    Breastfeeding Frustration

    As you approach your child’s first birthday, you may start to hear more questions about when you plan to wean. It is well-documented that the AAP suggests nursing through at least the first year, but they additionally encourage nursing to continue for as long as mutually desired beyond that. The World Health Organization and many other international groups also suggest nursing through the second year and beyond. Weaning is an important process for mother and baby. If one or both of you aren’t ready for it, don’t allow others to pressure you. It is perfectly healthy and normal to continue to breastfeed your toddler. On the other hand, if you can’t wait for the day you are done, now may be a good time to do some research on gradual weaning, so that both you and your child can benefit from a peaceful end to the breastfeeding experience.