Don’t laugh, but I think I might be a hippie. My definition of “hippie” is a person who opposes and rejects many of the conventional standards and customs of society. For example, the products and food in my house contain the words “organic” and “natural”. I am having a baby at a maternity center, not a hospital, and I don’t intend to use any drugs. And, oh my gosh, I am using a cloth diaper service! Just wrap me up and call me crunchy. I just might be a hippie!
Some of those things might be counter conventional, but I was not prepared for hippie hooters. I just assumed that every mom breastfed their baby for as long as they could. In reality, it just ain’t so. I have found that moms want to breastfeed but are only keeping it up for a few months.
Just a quick online search shows that, according to the CDC, among infants born in 2006: 73.9% were ever breastfeed; 43.4% were still breastfeeding at 6 months of age; 22.7% were breastfeeding at 1 year of age. According to the CDC’s 2010 statistics, 3 out of every 4 new mothers in the United States breastfed from birth. Rates of breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months, however, as well as rates of exclusive breastfeeding at 3 and 6 months have remained stagnant and low.
So, where did all the happy hooters go? My mom did not breastfeed her first two children. By the time I was born in 1979, she decided to try breastfeeding. Although breastfeeding is gaining momentum, we still need lactation consultants and La Leche Leagues. I understand it can be awkward and difficult, especially when at work or anywhere outside the house. Honestly, I can’t think of a time where I saw a woman breastfeeding in public.
Well, these hippie hooters plan to breastfeed. Who’s with me?