May I Rant?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
A few weeks ago, I volunteered at a school function. It was slow towards the end so a group of us got involved in a conversation. I can't remember what the initial topic was but somehow we we ended up talking about breast feeding. One of the volunteers told us that she spent over 10 consecutive years breast feeding. We questioned how that was possible. She told us that she nursed each of her children until they were about 3. She would have breast fed longer except for the fact that she had a newborn who required feeding. Thus, she was forced to wean the older child so that the baby could feed.

I tried to breast feed with Emma but was not successful. Just wasn't working for her. So, I pumped. But that wasn't working for me. I gave up and resorted to formula. When Harper came around, it was never a question. I knew in my mind that I couldn't do. Didn't want to do it. I don't judge those who do it beyond a reasonable amount of time, and I don't expect to be judged for not doing it at all.

Anyway, this woman went on and on about the benefits of breastfeeding and the long-term health benefits of it. As if that wasn't enough from her, she stayed on her soap box and started going on and on about the benefits of homeopathic remedies. Why do I have a problem with all of this? Well, I don't essentially. I agree with the whole breastfeeding thing, and I'm a strong believer in natural remedies.

The problem I have is that when she was finished convincing us that her way is the best way, she went outside to have a cigarette. Where is the logic? I was flabbergasted.

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