There are a good number of reasons that I feel the need to advocate. First, because I feel there is a need to normalize nursing in public. If you google, "breastfeeding is" in the search engine, you will find, "... gross, ... hard...exhausing". (I recently leard this). That is not very encouraging for a nursing mom looking for help. I nurse whenever my baby is hungry- where ever this happens to be.
Second, my son had a difficult time keeping food down. He dropped off the growth charts and I was told by many people that this was because I had a, "low supply". That was absolutely not the case, and with the care and help from an amazing chiropractor- my son was able to be back in the 25th percentile within 8 short weeks. However, I am so fearful of how his health would have been had he not been breastfed and at least able to digest some of what he was taking in. (He would LITERALLY vomit up anything that went in his mouth).
And lastly, because I feel people need to see that there are other options besides formula when the going gets tough. Pediatricians, well meaning family and friends ALL misinformed us. And had it not been for an amazing group of women and my own gut- things would be much different. So, here is Brendan's story:
There needs to be more open discussion so women actually looking for help have it! I personally know a couple of women who didn't have a choice but to formula feed- and part of it is becuase they didn't know there were other options.**