Breastfeeding, a form of art Indeed
Before I begin, let me just say I am not here to offend mothers who choose/chose to not breastfeed. FED is BEST and I'm just happy babies are being fed-point, blank, period!
Now that I've gotten my disclaimer out of the way, lets get right into it why don't we. I have had it with people asking me how long I plan on breastfeeding my child. Why should there be a cap to how long I nourish my daughter? Queens we have to stop passing judgement on each other.
Lack of knowledge greatly affects are communities. We tend to frown upon what we have no or very little knowledge of and as a community, as a village, we have to stop it. Also, how is it that breastfeeding in public is indecent but we wear swimsuits to the beach in front of hundreds of other beach-goers?
The history of breastfeeding dates back as far as the early 15th century (and even before then). It is even stated in the Qur'an that a child should be breastfed if both parents agree upon on it, up to 30 months. Islamic children were/are all either breastfed by their mothers or "wet nurses". So just how did something so natural and beautiful become "disgusting" and "frowned on"? how did we become the only species that purposely take away from the nurturing of our offspring.
The World Health Organization states that "Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond". The key word is "recommend" so it is not required, they are not forcing you to, they just suggest it. As many people have asked how long I planned to breastfeed, I honestly do not know the answer to that question. I've said 8 months, I've said 1 year, I've said 18 months, but truth of the matter remains that I am not going to put a time cap on how long I will nourish my baby with food I was naturally created with to provide for her.