Friday, November 19, 2010

Were @ War

al7imdellah my birth was just as planned, all natural no interventions or drugs ..
17 hours of contractions .. and Muhammed said hi to mommy, daddy and the world :)

first thing nurses did was ask me to breastfeed him, skin to skin contact. i loved how they were aware of all the things i have already read and wanted to do. i felt that the support system was very aware and strong here .. in my medical files and Muhammed files it stated with a red line under it (EXCLUSIVELY BREASTFED) meaning they will not take the baby for feeds at all. i requested he be with me in the room at all times, i did the changing, feeding, and burping .. they kept doing regular check ups plus bathed him :) which was super cute!

now the war starts here .. im back home, sleep deprived tired.. can barely fit time for my own meals .. im breastfeeding on demand .. so there isnt a time schedule that i can work according to... and i receive this in my mail box ..they sent "it" @ a time when they know a mother is most vulnerable at. a beautiful colorful envelope congratulating me and welcoming Muhammed with a very warm but greedy hug, from this very famous company (GERBER/NESTLE)!

i open it, it was filled with adorable gerber babies, Q&A section about their newly modified just like "breastmilk" formula!! ... but wait thats not all; a very generous gift a "CHECK" signed by them that is for me!.. my gift for having Muhammed? but gets even better.. the check can only be spent for purchasing their new formula!!!

isnt that INSANE!!! theyre not just promoting formula, its as if theyre at war with breastfeeding! how did they get access to my information to begin with?? how did they know i just gave birth? since they have all my info they obviously know im exclusively breastfeeding.. which makes me a target!

all of this got me thinking, formula companies push formula down babies throats to make millions and millions of dollars! they give free formula for new mommies, just to have them hooked.. seems kind and generous of them to do so.. 1 - 2 say 3 free formula cans that leads to buying the same formula can for atleast 2 years! now how generous is that! so why would any company endorse or encourage breastfeeding since no one is making money out of it!

its beyond sad .. and upsetting.
for the sake of our future generations, i really hope parents would read more and learn whats good for their kids and whats not.. instead of letting main stream media decide for (brain wash) them.

wish everyone is well.
missing u and kuwait so very much!