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Breastfeeding is natural, normal & part of the cycle of life.
Breastfeeding is natural, normal & part of the cycle of life.

Breastfeeding. Still seems to be contentious. We've been through the 'breast is best' & come to the 'fed is best' to ensure women don't feel pressured. For goodness sake! What's wrong with 'mum knows best' & leave women to decide. And the poor, misguided, uptight misogynists (Misogyny is typically an unconscious hatred that men form early in life, often as a result of a trauma involving a female figure they trusted) who throw up their hands in horror at anyone even thinking of breast feeding in public! Don't they realise this reveals a great deal about their upbringing & moral certitude - and not in a good way.

I'm afraid I could write tomes on this topic because I simply believe in self-determination & nature above all else. Humans (and unfortunately men in particular) have introduced artificial boundaries & standards that simply go against the natural order of things & are usually there to protect men from their own inability to control themselves. Ho hum, not the subject today! I have photographed many pregnant ladies & new mums & it is perfectly natural during the course of a session for them to feed a young baby. It then also becomes perfectly natural to capture that moment. These shots never fail to please & frankly, you'd only object if you saw in them something other than a young mother providing sustenance to a beautiful new baby. Think about it. So, I was a bit disappointed, but not surprised, to read an article on mothering.com about sugar in breast milk causing unhealthy growth in babies.

Michael Goran, the founding director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the Keck School of Medicine, says that the exposure of higher amounts of sugar to infants and children during periods of growth and development could produce lifelong risk for several diseases including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease, and heart disease. More, Goran says that sugar exposure could even affect a baby’s cognitive development. Goran suggests eating and drinking less sugars while pregnant or breastfeeding, and if choosing formulas or baby foods/snacks, to consider ones without added sugars or sweeteners. So the advice to cut out the sugar starts before you can even feed yourself! The facts: "A single microgram of fructose, which is about the weight of a grain of rice and equivalent to what is found in an average day’s serving of breast milk could increase a baby’s body weight and fat five to ten percent. Lactose, which is the main source of carbohydrate energy in breast milk was 1,000 times less than the amount of a microgram of fructose, and its benefits can be compromised by the presence of fructose in breast milk."

So, although this must be obvious if you think about it, a baby ingests only what its mother has to give it, both in the womb and afterwards. Sorry mums - you have an additional reason to give up the poison sugar!

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