Brood Letter 13 | Breast is Best—and other BS.

by Brood

 

CW: Conversation about diet culture and disordered eating.

I am having déjà vu writing this email. Somehow another year has passed and here we are making lunches for the back-to-schoolers, harvesting the last of the tomatoes, and reluctantly for some (excitedly for me) bringing out the PANTS AND SWEATERS. I get that summer is still here for a while, technically, but there’s no denying the seasons are changing. Our Brood spent the summer with our families and friends, taking short trips around our beautiful province, celebrating Pride, and planning for the year ahead and how our team can best support our families. 

I really love this season because it means I get to use my oven again (without sweating!). Let’s be clear, I’m always thinking about food and as a team we spend a lot of time together making and sharing meals (that’s a love language right?). It’s also such an important way to be in community and to show people you love them. And of course our doulas know that food and nourishment can keep a family GOING, especially in those early days postpartum. 

For a lot of new parents, especially birthing ones (and let’s be honest, feminized ones) thinking about feeding ourselves and feeding our baby can bring up a lot baggage or challenging emotions. As we are unpacking reading the powerful Fat Talk by Virgina Sole-Smith (linked below!), diet culture has killed so much of the pleasure around food, and many of us have dealt with our fair share of disordered eatingor at the very least a constant little voice in our heads saying “you shouldn’t eat that”. Combine that with the stigmas around how we feed our babies, and it’s a lot to navigate! People have so many opinions don’t they? Oh, you’re STILL nursing? Oh, you only bottle feed? Oh, you use that kind of formula? LET THE PEOPLE AND THE BABIES EAT FOR GOODNESS SAKES!!! 

We created our online course Feeding & Your Baby to discuss any and all ways we feed our newborns and ourselves, from pumping, bottle feeding and nursing to baby’s first foods. We know from our personal experiences, and our community, that thinking and talking about food can be hard in ways we are just starting to understand. So, we wanted at the very least for you to have access to evidence-based information and education in order to make choices that work for you, your body and your baby. Are you feeding yourself? Great. Is your baby being fed? Good. That’s what matters to us.

I don’t know who needs to hear this but, you’re doing a GREAT joband it’s probably time for a snack and some water!

Gill

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