Breastfeeding is No Longer Considered Shameful, It’s About Feeling Beautiful Again

Since women began birthing babies, mommies have breastfed their infants. A lot of this changed with the industrialization of the 18th and 19th centuries. Many women had to contribute to the family income and began to work in factories. With less time for breastfeeding, many would bring their babies to destitute peasant women to be fed. Another alternative – although, not a very pleasant one to my mind – was to make their infants suckle directly from an animal’s teat. How gross is that!

Aside from wet nurses and animal teats, various creative devices to feed infants were used. Dating back thousands of years, vessels of all shapes, sizes, and materials have been used for nursing infants. Unfortunately, the inability to keep these devices clean from bacteria combined with lack of proper milk storage led to a great number of babies dying during their first year of life.

Many women chose to breastfeed with formula

infant-formulaBut with the development of infant formula, along with glass bottles that were possible to sterilize, fewer mothers made the effort to breastfeed. It became more convenient for mothers to give their babies formula. With the aggressive marketing of formula manufacturers, even traditional breastfeeding societies began to leave their age-old nursing practices.

To me, this is such a tragedy because research shows that formula-feeding results in serious health issues for the infant. Formula-fed babies are more susceptible to respiratory tract infection, diabetes, allergies, sudden infant death, and a host of other ills. Breastfeeding, on the other hand, has only health advantages for the infant. And these advantages are not just physical. Breastfed babies, research indicates, have better mental health through childhood and their teen years. They are less likely to suffer from depression, delinquency, attention disorders, and other psychological problems. Motor and cognitive development of breastfed babies compare much better to those of infant-fed babies. And this is just scratching the surface. If you think I’m exaggerating, just do a little Google research on what I’m saying, and you’ll find even more evidence for the benefits of breastfeeding.

It is heartening to learn that breastfeeding is on an upswing again. It helps that so many celebrity moms are extolling the joys of breastfeeding. And they’re talking about the benefits they experience, not just their babies! Salma Hayek told The Times of London that she was addicted to nursing. “I’m like an alcoholic. I say I’m just gonna do it for one more week, one more month, and then when I see how much good it is doing her, I can’t stop.” Jennifer Garner is much the same way. She told Allure “It’s like I say I’m going to stop, and then I’m in there, feeding her. You are not going to believe how emotional this is.” Penelope Cruz also views nursing as addictive. “It’s hard when the day comes when you have to stop,” she says. Singer Shakira told USA Weekly, “Breastfeeding has been one of the best experiences of my life. I love it! I can’t stop! I think I’m going to breastfeed him until he goes to college! I’m hooked!”

Breastfeeding is once again fashionable

And the thing is…these moms still look so fashionable, even when they’re nursing their babies. You can’t even tell they’re wearing breastfeeding dresses. But they obviously are, as proven by some of the photos taken of them nursing their babies. And it’s not just celebrities who manage to take nursing in stride and look good. I’ve seen women with their infants in stores; all of a sudden, they flip something in their nursing top and there’s the infant suckling happily away while mom continues to chat with her companion.

With all the positive research on breastfeeding as well as the very stylish and functional clothes for breastfeeding, I have great hopes for the future of breastfeeding. Even that last excuse against breastfeeding – vanity – no longer has any defense when you see the chic and comfortable breastfeeding tops available.

3 Tips for Choosing The Best Party Favours for Your Child’s Party

Kids love parties for the food, cake, and friends, but they also love what they get at the end of the celebrations: party favours. While it’s hard to go wrong when giving kids free goodies at the end of a fun-filled event, there are some things that party throwers should consider to make sure that everyone – including themselves – have a good time, starting with:

1. Set a Budget

It can be easy to go off track and spend significantly more than you thought you would on party favours. With so many fabulous options out there these days, settling on just a select amount can be hard. Not only that, but the “goodie bag” options that are available to you are extensive, from old-school plastic or paper goodie bags to metal tins to gift boxes (don’t forget to include the goodie bag expense into your budget!). Do yourself a favour and set a realistic budget that will keep you on course and give you an excuse not to go overboard.

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2. Consider All Age Groups

Chances are that not every guest at the party is going to be in the same age group. Rather than throw the same party favours into each goodie bag, think about who is attending and what their interests may be. Books, small toys or electronics may be suitable for school aged children, but if you know of any toddlers or preschoolers that will be in attendance, those items could be inappropriate. Strongly consider making special goodie bags for those children so that they’ll be able to enjoy the post-party fun with your party favours too.

3. Theme Is Important But Not Always Necessary

Most adults love themes and making everything tie in to one another, but children are far less observant. In fact, that cool and awesome theme that you’ve spent hours thinking of and planning for could very well go entirely unnoticed by a crowd of excited kids! When planning party favours for you child’s birthday, keep theme in mind, but more than anything keep the enjoyment of the children as the primary consideration when choosing what you’ll be giving away when the party’s over.