Thursday, February 16, 2012

It's circumstances like these that freak me out about going back to work.

Thus far, I have encountered no problems with my workplace, but I have felt a tugging at my heart to stay at home with my children since I was about 10 years old. This makes for knotty feelings in my stomach as my pregnancy progresses and I get closer to becoming 'mother'. Not at all like I think this would happen to me, but anytime I hear about a company giving flack to their employee for NATURAL and HEALTHY bodily functions like breastfeeding your child, I flip out. HELLO! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends " exclusively breastfeeding for a minimum of four months but preferably for six months, and then gradually adding solid foods while continuing breastfeeding until at least the baby’s first birthday." (quote from That would be a 'year-off' for the poor woman in our story, here. Instead, she lost her job.

I know plenty of women who take frequent short breaks to pump in the back room at work, but I have to say the hospital has like 95% FEMALE nursing staff, so it would be a little to their disadvantage to tell this crowd to forget about breastfeeding their babies.

The moral of the story is that I like to be in control. I do NOT like other people telling me what I should or shouldn't be doing, especially when it comes to feeding and raising my children. I can ignore the advice, comments, and judgments from others, but I most certainly would not work for a company like this lady did. The second I felt hostility for breastfeeding my baby, I'd be gone.

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