A day with nothing planned, isn't that a wonder! Yesterday I attended a lactation conference in Phoenix with some long-time friends and we had a great time. That boring drive is so much better with friends.
What's new with breastfeeding you ask? Nothing much new, you have a baby, milk perfect for that baby is magically produced, you feed the baby. Done, done and done! The benefits are consistently reaffirmed but there are those who continue to discount them. It's still the best way to feed a baby but it's a bit like tobacco. It look a long time before people would accept that smoking or dipping were bad for you, and there are still those who would argue it today. What else is common to the two issues? Strong lobbies and huge advertising budgets. Artificial Breast Milk (ABM) is a world-wide mega-industry, with companies spending over 45 million in TV, print and radio advertising in 2004. All that money to promote something that only a fraction of the population actually needs and the use of which has been shown to increase risk of Type 2 diabetes by 39%. The world is truly a crazy place. (And yes, I know that ABM is essential to some infants)
Tomorrow, I work. Well, it's more like "enjoying a day with friends doing something I love and get paid for" but I'll call it work. Today is all mine and I have a $5 off card from Ace just burning a hole in my pocket. Spray paint, here I come!