Mom Enough to Speak Out

This fall “Pathways Magazine” is featuring an article with Jamie Grumet.  You may remember her as the mom on the cover of “Time Magazine” nursing her then three-year-old son as he stand on a chair with the tag line “Are You Mom Enough?”.  The article and cover went viral and created quite the controversy.  In “Pathways Magazine” Ms. Grumet speaks about her experience with the backlash of her breastfeeding a child who is older than most people are comfortable with.

Did you know that the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Canadian Pediatric Society recommend that children be breastfed for up to two years and beyond? Did you know that Save the Children’s 2012 State of the World’s Mothers Report places the United States dead last among 36 industrialized countries for breastfeeding? 

In the United States initial rates for breastfeeding are high and then they drop in the first few weeks due to lack of support.  I know first hand from working with pregnant moms and infants that often times babies have a hard time latching on due to the vertebrae in their neck being misaligned.  Babies like adults can have a hard time turning their neck if the bones are not gliding in all directions the way that they should.  During nursing the baby must turn their head and then also be able to have a strong suck yet this can be compromised and then easily fixed with gentle chiropractic alignment along with craniosacral therpay. Since only 8%- 10% of the public see chiropractors, this is a lot of mom’s who will not continue to nurse due to that reason alone. 

Why is breastfeeding so important?  There are important immunoglobulins in breast milk that help increase the health of our children and other factors that help with digestion.  Breastfed babies are also less likely to have colic, upper respiratory infections, ear infections, constipation, asthma or allergies.  Breastfeeding is also quite economical.  Did you know that the United States under 5 mortality rate is 8 per 1,000 births?  Forty countries performed better than the US on that indicator. 

Even though breastfeeding children over 12 months is still quite controversial in the United States Ms. Grumet and many other moms prefer to continue nursing as long as their child wants to.  This is for reasons of obtaining optimal health and nurturing safe feelings.  The fall article in “Pathways” has a different tone than the article in “Time”. To find out more got to: http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/

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