The politics of breastfeeding in this country is, after all, more about mothering than about milk. And mothers, for some reason, have always been the most meddled-with, second-guessed people on earth. Just a few decades ago, doctors in this country would push breastfeeding women to use formula if their babies weren’t gaining weight at an acceptable rate, and mothers who nursed outside the home were considered lewd. Now, a mom who gives a hungry infant a little formula is led to believe by some people she’s poisoning him. When will the world learn to trust mothers? When will concerned strangers give women they don’t know the benefit of the doubt? These are matters that society may tackle someday. In the meantime, moms soldier on, doing what they must — the very best they can.
in the picture you posted (the last frame) what does EC mean? I have never heard of it until like 2 days ago...
Lizzie: “Elimination Communication.” I don’t know too much about it, perhaps Lily could do a post about it. I know that it’s basically where you teach baby to understand her body’s cues to go to the bathroom from a very young age.
Lily: EC means “Elimination Communication,” like Lizzie said. I personally use cloth diapers, though we have put Lucas on the toilet a few times. However, we don’t actively practise EC. Here is some more information: Elimination Communication.
Being a mom is a hard enough job without people judging you on how you feed, whether you cloth diaper or use disposables, or whether you cosleep or babywear; and I can’t help but wonder if we supported each other instead of judging each other if maybe (just maybe) this mothering thing wouldn’t be as hard.