30 Days of Thanks Day 1
Here’s my short and sweet day 1 post:
Earlier today I was thankful for the surprise two hour nap both girls got out of a car ride and the garage that enabled me to let them sleep.
But I sort of paid for that time at bedtime with Nora, so I think what I really ended up being thankful for is the enthusiasm with which this little 30 day challenge has been received. In less than 24 hours we already have 144 participants in the facebook group!
I’ve been seeing lots of unfamiliar names and faces, people from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Florida, Colorado, Wyoming, and more states. The invite list is well over 600, so hopefully even more people will jump on board in the next couple of days. I can’t wait to read what everyone is thankful for this month. It truly is a wonderful thing to share daily gratitude with friends, neighbors, and kindred spirits all around the world.
No Circ is Whole Son
In response to your Breastfeeding post on huffington, I wanted to suggest a mild correction in your choice of the word best. As a mother that has been asked to stop nursing and hear rude comments constantly, I think you will understand my sentiment.
Best – implies that it is better than normal. Thus, if formula is normal then breastfeeding is best. So, it is ok to feed our children normally even if it is artificial. Actually, breastfeeding is “best” but, to be more accurate and honest, it is normal. Anything other than breastmilk to a child is substandard, less than optimal, abnormal. However, tell a formula feeding mother they are being abnormal and see what happens.
” Breastfeeding is best for the baby; it is best for the mother; it’s best for the family, best for employers, best for the community and best for the environment. Breastfeeding is best, ”
“No. Breast is normal. Breastfeeding is the biological norm. Anything less is inferior by default. “Best” conjurs a notion of something that only a select few can achieve and sets formula up as the norm; we want to talk about breastfeeding as something that’s achievable for almost all moms. See Diane Wiessinger’s game-changing post on why this language is so problematic, “Watch Your Language.””
““breast is best” frames formula feeding as the norm and breastfeeding as a nice extra if you’re able to do it. The message that parents receive has become “breast is best, but formula is OK too”.”
AmberNo Circ is Whole Son
I think this is an interesting point, but couldn’t it also be true that it is “best” to feed our children the “normal” way? Of course, that seems like something that shouldn’t have to be said, but…
No Circ is Whole Son
Another great post about “best” breastfeeding’