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Saturday, November 10, 2007

It must be fun to be a mother these days....

A senior patient was looking at the photos in my exam room--mothers and babies--similar to what is on my blog. She exclaimed, "How much fun it must be to be a mother these days. In my day we had to hide everything. We weren't encouraged at all to be mothers."

Honestly has anything changed? Women are embarrassed to nurse in public, they are embarrassed to tell anyone they are STILL breastfeeding, embarrassed to tell anyone they fell asleep with the baby or even just admit how good it feels to hold your baby. I can't say that I blame anyone. Images are all around us of unhealthy mothering and products that promote separation. These images define "normal" for many mothers.

I explained this to the lady and said that is why I hang up photos to create an encouraging atmosphere of what should be normal. I hope mothers can become more consciously aware of how modern values (often driven by consumerism and big industry) inhibit our instincts to nurture.


Courtney said...

It is still hard. I find a lot of people very judgemental.

Catalina :D said...

A LOT of people are judgemental! I found that using my sling helped to nurse in public and people really didn't know what was going on when we were out. It's great for you to be so encouraging. It made me think "I want it to be like this with my daughter one day!" ... it helped me in meeting my goal to nurse! Thank YOU!! :D

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