Tuesday, August 6, 2013

World Breastfeeding Week, A 5 Year Old's Perspective

I am 5 years old, almost 6.  My mom is typing this for me.  She told me today is World Breastfeeding Week. This is what I have to say about breastfeeding:

Why can't really big kids have breasts and teenagers? Why can't big kids have breastmilk from teenagers?

It makes me sad that I don't breastfeed anymore, because I never get some and I don't get any at night anymore, because I'm 5, that means I don't get anymore at all.

Tell me what you know about breastfeeding?
Do you want to learn about breastfeeding?

When my mommy eats a lot of food, I can have some sukh from her.

Do you have any questions about breastfeeding?
Why does a grown-up have to eat kids so big kids can have some?

So when a mom eats, the food goes into her blood and makes breastmilk.

I want to eat no food, so I don't grow, cause I want to be a kid forever.  I don't want to talk about breastfeeding anymore.

As a breastfeeding counselor, I suppose I'm a little disappointed that my kid didn't want to talk much about breastfeeding and claimed to know nothing about it...but maybe that's an appropriate reminder of the importance of World Breastfeeding Week.

Should we be educated about breastfeeding as children?  Would it make it easier for more of us to have success with breastfeeding when we're adults and to accept and support breastfeeding?  I wonder...what do you think?

I sensed my daughter's conflicting thoughts about breastfeeding and realize I definitely want to share more discussions with her about it. 

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