Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Breastfeeding struggles

 Ink drawing of “Fangen Moder” by Einar Wullum, Trondheim, Norway (1901)

When I first saw this picture, it was in an article about the impressively high breastfeeding rates in Norway (99% initiation rate mind you!). But the article wasn't praising the ubiquitous and quotidian sight of breastfeeding. It was criticizing it, and how difficult it was to "choose" to formula feed without being discriminated.  

Going back on the breastfeeding art. In essence, I find it beautiful. Sometimes a woman does feel like she's bound to breastfeeding. It's not always a bed of roses... but I also think, it's not a bed of thorns. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages, but then again, don't we all sacrifice our own convenience in many instances for the sake of our children? Why should it be any different with breastfeeding? 

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