I thought I'd take a moment to explain the basis of why I advice for breastfeeding and breastfeeding moms.
Beyond the benefits for mom and baby, I think it all comes down to messages society sends to mothers.
Breastfeeding is hard. It might be natural, but it takes some hard work at the beginning. And society is set up to make breastfeeding hardER for moms. From the culture of harassing and shaming mothers who breastfeed in public, to standard birthing processes that sabotage the process, to lack of maternity and family leave. But, what does society do to women when we a) set them up for failure and b) tell them they are incapable of nourishing their babies?
When it comes to moms with chronic illness, the lack of researching on medications and lactation (when such research would be relatively easy to do) means that doctors often wrongly tell mothers that because of their disease, they can't breastfeed. What message is the medical community sending women when they say that because of our disability, our bodies are incapable of nourishing and feeding our babies? What happens when we are denied a basic biological process?
This is why I will keep working for moms with chronic illnesses. This is why I will keep asking the question "what about breastfeeding?" This is why I will keep sharing the latest research.
Until the medical community recognizes patients as whole beings with the desire to become parents, get pregnant, breastfeed, I will keep pressing, I will keep blogging.