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Carnival of Breastfeeding Call for Entries

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Monday, June 04, 2007

After taking a month off, the Blog Carnival of Breastfeeding is gearing up for another group post later this month.

Since it's June, the topic is going to be on Fathers and the impact they have on breastfeeding. (In fact, we'd welcome some fathers writing up their own entries on breastfeeding...I'm going to try to talk Greg into writing about what it's like being the husband of a Lactivist.)

So write up a post, get the father of your nursling to write it and email it to me by the end of this week. I'll pick my favorite (or maybe my favoriteS) and we'll post them with the carnival next week.


  1. Blogger Birdwell | 10:48 AM |  

    It's a huge impact. My husband's friend's wife said she didn't breastfeed because when she got married she gave her self to her husband and her breasts are for her husband. I just wanted to cry.

  2. Blogger The Lactivist | 10:50 AM |  

    Never understood that.

    I mean why have a job...or children or a dog or a LIFE? Why not just sit at home all day waiting for him to call you to fullfill his every wish?

  3. Blogger Mrs. Brigham | 11:07 AM |  

    What a great topic! I look forward to reading the posts once everything is complete :o)

    I had a very rough start to breastfeeding and my husband played a HUGE role in helping me get through th early roadblocks. My daughter was born several weeks early and could not latch, so I had to exclusively pump for a couple weeks. I would pump the bottle and then my husband would feed it to her. Next we found an LC who helped me and my daughter master a nipple shield, which we used for another couple weeks. Finally, on what would have been her "due date', my daughter decided to latch on and nurse just out of the blue! I am not sure how I would have done it if my husband had not been so very supportive.

    Both he and I are involved in various lactivist activities. My husband was actually breastfed until he was 3.5 years old, so he was actually the one who taught me a lot about the benefits of breastfeeding when we married. he also educated quite a few men on the benefits of breastfeeding and even talked to some reluctant fathers-to-be about how absurd their misconceptions and beliefs were on breastfeeding. Dunking the whole "my wife's breasts will get saggy" type nonsense myths.

    I will ask my husband to see if he might have time to write something for the Carnival. I do know he would be very interested!

  4. Blogger JudyBright | 11:12 AM |  


    I guess the milk that started coming out of your friend's breasts was for his enjoyment as well.

    And like he couldn't stay away from her boobs long enough to let their kid eat.

  5. Blogger Sheridan | 1:47 PM |  

    judybright: "And like he couldn't stay away from her boobs long enough to let their kid eat. "

    LOL! Exactly!

  6. Blogger Alena | 4:18 PM |  

    Although my husband was extremely supportive of breastfeeding when our son was born and helped me through a very difficult start, I felt that his biggest contribution was when I was still breastfeeding our toddler. When my own parents started telling me that maybe it's time to start weaning my 2 year old, not to mention the comments and looks I got from other relatives, it meant the world that my husband stood firmly by my side, defending our decision, and making me feel good about what I was doing, when others were less than supportive.

  7. Blogger Naki | 7:19 AM |  

    My husband is a big impact. He supported me from the start. He was a little modest at first, but so was I. He sticks up for me when his mother makes comments like, "She's still doing that?" And he even will crack a joke saying, "I'm jealous- she gets to suck on your boob all day!" lol. He is an awesome father/husband more than he will know.

  8. Anonymous Anonymous | 11:12 AM |  

    First, I just recently found this & am really enjoying reading it. I Have very strong feelings about childbirth & Beastfeeding.

    I'm the mother of five breastfed children. Never in my life had it occured to me that there are "feeding options" for my babies (in other words something besides breast milk.) For me, feeding my child something other than breast milk would be like trying to feed Hamburger to a cow. I don't have anything against formula fed babies or their moms- it's just not an option for me.

    My husband is very supportive of breast feeding (of course he was never given any choice in the matter:)but he feels babies should be weaned at 1 year. (All of our children were breast fed until about 1 1/2 yrs.) I think that most children/moms will mutually wean when they feel ready.

    None of my 1st 4 children had a bottle (the third wouldn't take any "artificial nipple" -pacifer or bottle- We found about the bottle when we went to a Christmas party for 2 hrs, his wonderful aunt/babysitter ended up nursing him.)
    Now, I'm finding out what it's like to be a "working" mom and to have to pump my baby is 2 months old. However i'm finding my husband more supportive & changing his ideas about breast milk. (although he wasn't to thrilled when I told him if Breastfeeding & working didn't work out I'd have to quit working. But he did agree.)

    I also want to say, that although support breastfeeding 100% have have no problem with breastfeeding in public- I do feel that public breastfeeding would be more widely supported if everyone is discret. Although everyone who has breast fed in public has probably unintentionally "flashed" a boob, I think it is important to be discreet. I should also add that I don't don't support "hanging it all out" in public, I have breastfed while walking down the isle in Walmart- but no one knew that is what i was doing, unless they tried to get a closer look at baby.

  9. Blogger inlove | 3:21 PM |  

    My husband just started a blog and I urged him to take on your challenge:

    God Breastfeeds

    I love reading men's thoughts on breastfeeding. And I think having a partner's support can make all the difference for a lot of women. The first few weeks I needed his help constantly, getting positioned, holding baby's hands while he latched on, and taking care of me while I took care of our son. I honestly don't think I could do it (breastfeed OR parent) without him...

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