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Saturday, January 06, 2007Sometimes you realize that social stigmas get so deeply intrenched in our subconscious that it's almost comical.
When I was growing up, my only knowledge of LLL was the lady down the street that wore funny turtleneck sweaters, called her middle son "smiley" (his name was edward) and breastfed her kids until they were 3 or 4. She was one of those crazy, hippy, granola breastfeeding types. She was a LLL leader. You know...ond of those *weird* people. ;)
Since shortly before Emmitt was born, I've been thinking about going to my local LLL meetings. I only have one friend who is breastfeeding. She's the only person my age I know that does or has. I'm the first in generations in my family and my husband's family to breastfeed. Other breastfeedign mom intrigue me. LLL intrigues me. I'd like to go.
So why haven't I?
I was thinking about that today and realized that I haven't gone because in my mind, I still view LLL as "THOSE people." You know...those crazy moms that breastfeed their kids for a long time, that obsess over healthy things, that go "overboard" about breast milk. That's not me...I'm NORMAL.
And then it hit me.
And I laughed.
Seriously? I think I'm normal and they're the weird breastfeeding fanatics?
I'm the one that EPed for 14 months.
I'm the one that home births.
I'm the one that donates milk to the milk bank.
I'm the one that has shared breast milk with a friend. (more on this in another post)
I'm the one that offered to re-lactate to help share milk with another friend.
I'm the one that suggested we give breast milk to my great aunt who is losing weight rapidly.
I'm the one that runs a site called "The Lactivist"
I'm the one that organized a nurse-in.
I'm the one that wears shirts that say "That's my baby's lunch you're staring at"
I'm the one that will breastfeed any time, any place and no, I don't use a blanket.
I'm the one that's started feeding my two year old breastmilk after a year of not having it. (more on this later too)
And I think that LLL members are over the top?
Who am I kidding? They'll probably be the ones thinking that *I'M* the crazy breastfeeding fanatic.
Funny how long it can take to shed prejudices from our subconscious even after we've shed them from our intellectual sides.
There's a meeting this Tuesday at 9:30 about 10 minutes from my house. I think I need to go.
Labels: Life as a Mom