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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

An Ode to Breastfeeding

An Ode to Breastfeeding, by Deena Sao

Holding my baby close to my chest
He closes his eyes, in my arms he will rest

I admire his body, touch his soft skin
Fall in love with the soul that lies deep within

When he's in pain, my breast dulls the hurt
If in need of distraction, I lift up my shirt

I'm the last thing he sees when he closes his eyes
I'm the first thing he sees, when tomorrow he'll rise

He knows he is loved, it's the most important thing
With that he can face what the future may bring

When he is sick and won't drink or eat
He still comes to me for my milk that is sweet

I breastfeed him for hours each day
"God protect him", I utter and pray

I sleep with ease, knowing he is near
I'm his mother, I'm here, There's nothing to fear

Some day he will grow, my bosom he'll leave
when that day comes, I won't have to grieve

I've done my part, I've given him the best
He'll grow up in love and journey his quest

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5 Comments:

  • At 5:49 PM, Blogger lisa said…

    Sick, Sick, Sick.

    I just got one question.
    Just how long you plan on letting that kid suck on your breast.
    From what I read the kid is over a year old now.
    Don't you think its time to put those things away.
    You must be one of those mothers
    Who let your kid suckle till he is five.
    Must get off on it.

     
  • At 12:02 PM, Blogger Deena said…

    Lisa,
    You are very misinformed about breastfeeding. Formula is not nearly as good for a baby as breast milk. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for a minimum of one year. And really it is the "Western" way of feeding that is so unusual. If you look at the rest of the world, most women do breastfeed for several years.
    The rule of thumb for weaning is to do it when either the mother or the child is uncomfortable with it. My first born weaned himself at 1 1/2. I weaned my second child at 4 1/2. There is nothing sick about breastfeeding. I am happy I gave my children the very best.

     
  • At 12:22 PM, Blogger wala said…

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  • At 1:21 PM, Blogger wala said…

    Deena,
    I found out about this site from your father, I'm a student of his, & he told me about the site. I really like your comments.
    I got married four years ago when I was 17 & now I'm a mother of a 2.5 year old son.
    I love motherhood, & I also love school. I admit that this is a pretty challanging combination, but I'm trying to raise my son the best I cantoo,if I think that my education will affect him negatively, I would stop it now. But I believe that it can be done, although it takes alot out of me. it's very hard to find the time to study while there's a child & a family to take care of, but i have made sacrifices, & one of them is sleep :)
    I am originally from Jordan, & I came here when I got married four years ago. back home, women cook from scratch (like your in-laws), & my husband expects mt to cook that way. a sandwich to him is only a snack, so I cook a different meal everyday, & sometimes two!
    Life can get complicated, but for the sake of loved ones, anything can be done.
    I don't know much about you, but from what i read, you're going back to school... good for you! your family should be proud of you. good luck in everything.
    by the way, I totally agree with you on breastfeeding, you're doing the best for your kids, & mommy's milk is the BEST ;)

     
  • At 2:39 PM, Blogger Deena said…

    Wala,
    My dad told me about you. I'm so happy you've read my blog. It's too bad we're both so busy or I'd love to get together. It sounds like we have a lot in common.

     

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