Happy Thursday, y’all! It’s a holiday weekend here in the States and we’re already making the most of it! So, I’m moving Friday Favorites to Thursday and will close out this week with a few finds from around the web. Have a fabulous weekend and I’ll see you next week!
When Gavin was born, I wasn’t able to breastfeed. And despite weeks upon weeks of trying to pump, that didn’t work for me, either. I cannot begin to explain the kind of weight that was lifted from my shoulders on the day I decided to quit pumping. And yet, despite the fact I was physically unable to breastfeed, I felt an incredible amount of guilt that I was unable to do so. Sure, sure, it was largely self-inflicted, but mostly because the educated world around me preached “breast is best” to anyone and everyone who would listen (and even those who wouldn’t). While I have long since moved beyond feeling any sense of guilt over how my infant was fed (anyone seen Gavin lately? yeah, I thought so!), I know new mothers everyday grapple with the exact same pressures I felt. That’s why I was relieved to see one mama’s take on why she proudly opted out of breastfeeding.
While we’re on the subject of our children and their diets (heh), let’s talk about the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in America. The children of my friends and acquaintances generally don’t have a problem with obesity. Regardless of whether they stay at home with a stay-at-home-parent, have a nanny or go to daycare, these kids are all active and well-fed individuals. And, by well fed, I mean their parents go to farmers markets, buy organic, read labels and/or make strategic decisions about the food their kids eat. From my experiences, you have to swing to the other side of the socio-economic seesaw to see where childhood obesity is truly problematic. At this end, you have families living in what’s often termed “food deserts,” where healthy food stores do not set up shop; where fast food chains are everywhere; where parents’ incomes prevent them from buying fresh produce and quality meats; where preservative-laden foods, which are cheapest, qualify as meals, day in and day out. I came across what seems to be a really interesting article about executives at some of our country’s largest food companies who came together to discuss the growing epidemic of obesity in America. (Confession: I haven’t had time to read the entire article, but I plan to!)
This video was making the rounds on social media networks this week. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. Trust me, you need to see it. Especially if you’re reading this post on a phone. =)