Monday, June 1, 2009

Tactful Breastfeeding Ads

  • I was cleaning up my computer and found these ads.
  • One year ago, I had my senior students in the spring semester design an ad for something that was embarrassing to them. They had to complete the ad without making it look tacky. If it was offensive, they failed the assignment. This did not have to do with breast feeding, but seeing these ads gave me the assignment idea. They did fairly well with the assignment. It was unlike anything they had ever done, and it pushed them to think outside the box.
  • I'm an advocate for breastfeeding if it feels right to you. It's a natural thing, but it's not for everyone.
  • I made it work for my babies. It was not easy at first! Mica was born with a cyst under his tongue, making one side of his tongue under developed. When I think about the struggles I went through; I'm amazed we got it to work out. Isaak went way under weight. I thought I had it all figured out with nursing Mica. Another kid, new struggles. Then of course I worked full time. Now Isaak and I are in the weaning faze. I knocked out early morning, and late in the day pumping. I'm only pumping at lunch now.
  • I know breastfeeding is better for the baby. But...I'm the queen of allergies, and had many ear infections as a kid. My mom nursed me. I personally feel that a lot of it is about genetics. But...I may of been sicker if she hadn't nursed me.
  • There must be something to it, if hospital's refer to it as "Liquid Gold". Plus when Isaak was in the hospital with his meningitis; I was able to get free meals because I was helping my baby get better by giving him anti bodies. It does build a bond between the mom and child.
  • My biggest hope about this subject: Is that more people become supportive towards it. It's hard work! I have to calculate my hours of pumping at work. It equals about a week of vacation. That's a lot of time!
Ad says: Breastfeed for 6 months. Help reduce your child's risk for ear infections. Ad says: Breastfeed for 6 months. You may help reduce your child's risk for childhood obesity. Ad says: Breastfeed for 6 months. Help reduce your child's risk for respiratory illness.

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