Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Today, I watched my language

I really did.  I learned that the way you say "DNA" in spanish is cleverly "ADN" and I told each and every class of 20+ moms that every time they fed their baby ABM, they were changing their baby's DNA (or ADN, but whatevs).  I was even so bold as to start the class by saying that I'm not getting into the "benefits" of breastfeeding, because there are none.  That got a lot of eyebrows raised.  I went on to say that there are only risks in formula feeding.  And then I repeated. 

"Let me repeat... there are no benefits to breastfeeding, because breastfeeding is what is NORMAL.  There are only risks with formula feeding.  And you need to know that what you are choosing to give your baby has risks involved.  Breastfed babies are not healthier.  They are the norm.  Formula fed babies are sicker."

The one thing I love about my job is that I can say just about anything I want, as long as I have science on my side. 

And boy do I have science on my side.

I have to tweak the message.  I'll start passing it out with leftover Halloween candy.  But it will be the same.

All this time, I felt special, superior even, for having breastfed my children.  I have never been so happy to be so normal in my life.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read this:


AmyBean said...


Valkyrie said...

Wow! You are gutsy. But it's so true. I really do think we need to stop using language that makes breastfeeding seem special. It's not special, it's completely normal.