As we approach bringing kiddo numero dos into the world, I find myself being a bit reflective and nostalgic – especially as we look at the impact of the formula shortage and the stress that it has caused for parents. There is so much pressure for birthing parents – often mothers – to produce enough milk, and there is no scarier, heart-dropping feeling than not being able to feed your child.
This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released updated guidelines encouraging parents to breastfeed for two years or longer. I agree that the research supports the benefits, and we need to normalize breastfeeding in our society (if that’s the choice that the lactating parent makes). However, giving these blanket guidelines without the public policy support, workplace accommodations, and broader social network and resources feels a bit tone-deaf, especially at a time when moms are on high alert regarding how their bodies are regulated and how they’re going to support the kids they do have.
I got the chance to talk to Danielle Campoamor of TODAY.COM about this, and you can read the full article here.