It’s not often I am appalled enough by something to vent about it on my blog, but recently a blurb in Life & Style Magazine by columnist Wendy Williams has me wondering what on earth they were thinking!
I am a pretty non-judgmental mom. I really don’t care if you breastfeed or formula feed, baby wear or use a stroller, vaccinate or not. I use my blog as a platform to share the choices that work for me and my family in an effort to provide support to others looking for it, but I believe no matter what choices you make, there is no one way to be a good parent. I believe in doing research and making educated choices for what works for you and your family, so perhaps that is why I am so upset by this.
In the recent Life & Style Magazine, columnist Wendy Willliams denounced Alicia Silverstone’s milk-sharing program asking readers “CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?” Stating that if something hasn’t been popular since the civil war then it is clearly not a good idea in 2013.
Photo credit Facebook via Jessica of The Leaky Boob
Wet Nursing is not new. It has been around for thousands of years. Ancient Rome, Greece, and Victoria England have often been referenced when discussing wet nursing but it has been used by many cultures and countries including the US. It continues to be a much used practice today by many families seeking breast milk for their child. The most recent public sharing of it being Selma Hayek in 2008 who nursed an infant publicly while on a goodwill ambassador trip in Sierra Leone.
In a recent post on her blog, Alicia Silverstone called moms to action and named the program the Kind Mama Milk Share. Milk sharing or breast milk donations are not only still very relevant today, but often babies lives depend on it. Programs like Eats of Feets, Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), and Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network help connect parents with other mothers who are willing to donate their milk. People looking to receive donations can ask that the donors be screened and can pasteurize the milk. Participates can choose to receive expressed milk for their child or seek out a wet nurse. Milk donation is a great gift to parents who wish to have their children receive breast milk but for a variety of reasons can not provide it themselves.
I am mostly upset my the lack of responsible journalism on the end of Life & Style Magazine. While everyone is entitled to their opinions, this kind of post only sheds negative light on breastfeeding and milk sharing. This photo and blurb was uneducated and clearly lacked any research at all. Had Wendy Williams appeared to have done any research or background I may have been able to understand it more.
Can I believe this?
Yes, I can.
I believe in the ability to have options to make the choices that are best for my child. I appreciate the companies that facilitate the connections for parents who are seeking milk and the parents who are donating milk. If it was needed or asked of me I would donate my milk. I also think that that it is okay not to want to use these programs. I think Wendy Williams could have expressed her opinions in a more educated manner.
Regardless at this point, I will not be purchasing your magazine again.
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