Keep calm. Latch on. And keep him INTACT.
August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week and is the perfect opportunity for outreach with mothers who wish to nurse their babies to be born this year. Being honest, and fully disclosing the hazards that genital cutting often poses for a breastfeeding relationship is key to parents making informed decisions for the sake of their son. Here we highlight a variety of resources that relate to the intersecting topics, as well as showcase some images that have been used during past years for awareness-raising.
Happy World Breastfeeding Week! And thank you for saving our sons. ❤
• Breastfeeding and Circumcision: DrMomma.org/2009/11/breastfeeding-circumcision.html
• La Leche League: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding on Circumcision: DrMomma.org/2012/06/womanly-art-of-breastfeeding.html
• The Effects of Circumcision on Breastfeeding: DrMomma.org/2009/12/effects-of-circumcision-on.html
• Natural Mother Magazine publication: Circumcision Harms Breastfeeding (p. 103-107): https://issuu.com/naturalmothermagazine/docs/march_april_2015_issue
• Breastfeeding / Circumcision Info Cards to share: https://www.etsy.com/listing/496041345/breastfeeding-circumcision-info-cards?ref=shop_home_active_4
• Circumcision and Breastfeeding [Circumstitions] Circumstitions.com/Nursing.html
• Circumcision, Breastfeeding and Bonding [CIRP] Cirp.org/library/birth
• Circumcision / Breastfeeding advocacy shirts: http://madebymomma.spreadshirt.com/breastfeeding-C46979/p2
Informational cards available (above/below) for sharing with expecting and nursing mothers here at Etsy.
There's nothing quite so yummy as warm milk from my mummy.
A successful breastfeeding relationship best begins when a newborn feels secure, comforted, and close to his mother.
Breastfeeding awareness and advocacy t-shirts and onesies without mark-up at Made By Momma: MadeByMomma.spreadshirt.com/breastfeeding-C46979
Breastfeeding delivers the protection against urinary tract infection (UTI) that has been touted as a faulty 'benefit' of circumcision. Breastfeeding prevents UTIs - circumcision does not!
In my womb, I carried you.
With my breast, I fed you.
And with every fiber of my being,
I will protect you.
Breastfeeding is the biological norm.
So is intact foreskin!
Success at the breast starts with a peaceful beginning.
Keep him safe and intact.
A baby belongs on a breast, and in a bed, NOT on a board.
Practice peaceful parenting - say NO to circumcision.
Breastfeeding provides him with everything he needs - nutrients, closeness, and protection against diseases and infections, including UTIs. The stress of circumcision can jeopardize your breastfeeding relationship and rob him of all these things. Reconsider, and learn more: IntactBaby.org/research
The trauma of circumcision can negatively impact his ability to breastfeed. Are you willing to sacrifice your breastfeeding relationship for an unnecessary (and harmful) surgery?
A newborn baby only has three needs: warmth, milk, comfort. Breastfeeding supplies all three. Circumcision can hinder each.
Skin to skin. Heart to heart. Only gentleness, from the start.
Breastfeeding is universally recommended by all medical and health organizations.
Routine infant circumcision is not recommended by any national health organization in the world.
"An innocent human being was solely dependent on me!" - Tichina Arnold
Breastfeeding and genital autonomy go hand-in-hand.
Breastfeeding for all. Circumcision for none.
"What I have been told is it's important to have that bonding latch right away." -Alicia Silverstone who is also pro-intact in her stance on the gentle care and raising of babies.
"While breastfeeding may not seem to be the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby." -Amy Sprangler Being kept intact is also best for EVERY baby!
World Breastfeeding Week: Aug 1-7
ALL pediatric organizations in the world recommend breastfeeding.
NO pediatric health organization in the world recommends infant circumcision.
International Breastfeeding Symbol (copyright free):
International Genital Autonomy Symbol (copyright free):
Retired links from years past:
The Big Breastfeeding Coverup: Circumcision Censorship: http://lifesasaladbar.blogspot.com/2011/06/big-breastfeeding-cover-up-circumcision.html
Books, Boobies and Big Business: http://lifesasaladbar.blogspot.com/2012/03/llli-books-boobies-and-big-business.html
LLLI Breastfeeding / Circumcision Information Petition http://www.petitiononline.com/170211FM/petition.html