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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Inspiration Thursday: Baby at the Breast

One of the questions I’m asked by almost every couple in my childbirth education classes is “How soon can I start pumping so ______________?” Fill in the blank with: dad can give baby the bottle; I can go out with my friends; I can go back to work.

We live in a culture that promotes feminine independence. The feminist ideal of the working woman, the woman who can do it all, doesn’t always appear with a baby at the breast. But why not?

As I grew up, I considered myself a feminist. Misogyny pissed me off, frankly. I honestly couldn’t understand how any human being could treat any other human being as inferior. I believed women could do anything just as well as men and should be given the opportunity to do so. I still believe this.

I believe in the strong, powerful woman. The one with a baby at her breast. That, to me, is inspiring.

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Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama said... Best Blogger Tips

I feel the same way. I was a women's studies minor in college and feminism has been a very important part of my life. Now that I'm a mom and I'm making the choice to mother as my full time job, I see motherhood in such a different perspective. To me, making the choice to be with my son all the time, breastfeed, and follow various natural parenting philosophies is the ultimate act of feminism. Not sure I would have agreed with that back in college though ;-)

The Mama said... Best Blogger Tips

What inspires me is also "the (strong, powerful) one with a baby at her breast" a quiet bar, with friends.

I wanted to do it, wish I had done it, and one day will do it. Because you inspired me. Again.

Baby M was so perfectly content that night in the wrap and you looked so beautiful and relaxed! You were glowing!

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