It is World Breastfeeding Week and Glamour magazine released its September 2014 issue with series of photos of Olivia Wilde. The photos feature Wilde in a diner. In some photos she has her baby with her and in others she is alone. One photo, a glamourous breastfeeding picture, shows Wilde sitting in a booth nursing her naked diaperless baby. Does this image help normalize breastfeeding or promote the commodification of mother-child moments?
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You may have heard that a new study recently proved the benefits of breastfeeding (or risks of formula) are overstated. You probably heard this because journalists like to read scientific studies and twist them into a storyline that fits their agenda and then editors like to come along and put the cherry on top with a link baiting exaggerated headline.
Low milk supply is always listed as a top reason why mothers quit breastfeeding and switch to formula. Although experts often claim that the percentage of women who can't produce enough milk is extremely small (usually numbers under 5% are quoted, without any specific source being given), the number of women who say they tried everything and still couldn't make enough milk seems to be on the rise. This article explores some of the possible reasons for that, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), diabetes and pre-diabetes, and mammary hypoplasia (insufficient glandular tissue).
Hollie McNish wrote this incredible poem about breastfeeding in public in a public restroom after her baby fell asleep. She concludes that "In a country of billboards covered in tits, I think we should try to get used to this."
There is research that indicates that mothers with PPD who do not get enough sleep are at greater risk for more severe depression. There is also research that demonstrates a link between weaning and depression, although it is unclear whether weaning causes depression or depression causes weaning. To complicate matters even more, there is also research that shows that mothers who are not exclusively breastfeeding have poorer sleep quality. So what do you do if you have PPD, aren't getting enough sleep, and breastfeeding is the only thing that is going right for you?