1. A person who militantly believes that babies are born to be breastfed, that it's a mother's obligation to give her baby it's birthright through nursing. Strives for education and the destruction of ignorance.
2. Word coined by formula feeding mothers and used in a poor attempt to insult breastfeeding mothers whose success at nursing causes them to feel guilty over giving up and choosing an inferior food.
Like the word "cunt" (ref: "Vagina Monologues"), it has been captured by breastfeeding mothers and used as a term to describe a mother who cares enough to be passionate about giving their children the best and healthiest start in life.
Are you a Boob Nazi?
Do you plan to... do you currently... or in the past did you...
*breastfeed exclusively? *nurse in public? *breastfeed on demand? *delay solids? *pump milk for your child while you're away? *try to avoid pacifiers or bottles? *nurse past 12 months of age? *find yourself often "defending" your methods of breastfeeding?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then you may have been called everything from crazy to perverted to my favorite - "Boob Nazis". Well, my sister Boob Nazis, I think it's time we had a community of our own.
In exchange for being a part of a community of fun, outspoken, supportive, knowledgeable moms who have boobs and actually know how to use them, you're going to have to deal with periodic rants against things like formula or pacifiers. If you can't handle that or the community title without being offended, than this is not the place for you.
* Check the memories before posting questions. * No spam or community ads. FAQ 197 * No brand new journals or journals with only a few entries. * No off topic posts. * No sappy goodbye posts. * <lj-cut> pics & long posts. * Play semi-nice. * No disabling or deleting posts or comments. * Don't change the font size or color. * If you throw a hissy fit and leave, don't ask to come back.
"Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. A recent review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond."
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued this policy stating that formula feeding increases risk of (among other things) obesity, general illnesses, allergies, respiratory infections, and SIDS. Studies have shown the breastfed baby to have enhanced cognitive development and the breastfeeding mother to return to pre-pregnancy weight faster, to have less postpartum bleeding, and to be at a decreased risk of breast cancer. The AAP also states that breast milk is the ideal source of nutrition for the first 6 months of life and that breastfeeding should continue for at LEAST 12 months, then as long thereafter as mutually desired.