I am a firm believer and supporter of those trying to normalize breastfeeding. When I’m popping out my boob, it isn’t for fun. It’s a necessary action to FEED my son. Breastfeeding isn’t supposed to be sexy.
Simply put, breastfeeding is the same as you eating a granola bar in public. Do you want me to ask you to eat your granola bar in private? How about you go into the bathroom and eat it? Think of all the germs and disgust.
We need to normalize breastfeeding and quit asking moms to do it in a private space. It should be acceptable to feed our kids at the park, store, library, restaurant… wherever.
- Breastfeeding burns between 500-600 calories a day. That means some moms might end up losing weight without any additional exercise.
- Breast milk is a living substance that contains live cells, including stem cells, which go on to become other body cell types like brain, heart, kidney, or bone tissue.
- Breast milk also contains antibodies and live white blood cells that help your baby fight against infection. And, when you or your baby are sick, the amount of these cells in your breast milk increases.
- Colostrum (your first milk) contains special proteins that coat your baby’s intestinal tract to protect from harmful bacteria right from the start.
- Your brain releases the hormones prolactin and oxytocin during breastfeeding, which help you to bond with baby and ease those normal feelings of stress and anxiety.
On another note, here are some fun behind the scenes photos from last night’s engagement/love story shoot. We all had a blast, and I cannot wait for Halayna and Jesse’s wedding next summer!