Yep, you heard me…”Breastfeeding is like sex” …well according to Jeremy Clarkson. In his column in yesterday’s The Sun, he wrote a piece regarding National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which was this week.
Now, I usually like Jeremy Clarkson and find him quite amusing on Top Gear and some of the articles he writes do contain valid points. However, breastfeeding is a matter close to me as I am still nursing my 8 month old.
Breastfeeding is natural, it is what breasts were originally for, not sex objects that the majority of the male species think they are for. Mr Clarkson openly admits “Men do not find breastfeeding natural. We find it deeply disturbing”. He goes on to say that breasts are not seen as what they’re intended for, but purely as a “plaything”. How can we encourage new young (and some older) mums to choose breastfeeding when we have those remarks to contend with??
Now, I’m not an earthy, everything organic, hippy mother. I’m just a normal young(ish) mum wanting to give my baby the best start in life I can.
Even though Abigail is my 3rd child, she is my ONLY breastfed baby! I attempted with my first baby, Jake, but it wasn’t meant to be. I was young, didn’t know what I was doing and had no help from midwives. Jake was a screamer from the moment he was born. All he did was cry and every time he cried I was told to feed him. This resulted in me being sore and upset myself. I continued for 2 weeks before I caved one night when Jake just wouldn’t settle and out came the bottle and formula. With our second child, Kyla, I was still taking anti-depressants and suffering with PND as was told that I was not allowed to breastfeed. I believe this has now changed and breastfeeding on antidepressants are fine.
So why did I breastfeed Abigail? Several reasons really. I had been hauled up in hospital for over 5weeks with severe complications. We knew she would be born under a general anaesthetic, she would be of low birth weight and we faced the fear that she may need special care. Our local hospital promote breastfeeding and no longer offer free formula to mothers. You either breastfeed or bring your own.
Breastfeeding, at least the first few days is good for baby, and mum too!
I was unsure if I could do it, but I thought I’d give it a go. Thankfully Abigail took to it like a pro. She did need some formula top up whilst in hospital to stabilise her blood sugar levels, but other than that she was purely mummy fed.
Now, breastfeeding is not easy! I wish I was told how hard it actually is to have a small person attached to you permanently. This is why it disgruntles me when I hear/read such bigoted trash about how breasts are sex objects.
Breasts are for woman to raise their young! Men need to wake up and realise this! Unfortunately in such a age where everything is sexualised, I can’t see this happening! This is why raising awareness is great! The more we show how natural it is, the more it can be accepted!
So come on breastfeeding mummies…”Get ya baps out”