Today’s Blackboard Wisdom:
“Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” – Ina May Gaskin
I’ve opened up the centre today (Sunday) to a special group visiting The Wellbeing Centre – eight lovely couples attending an NCT antenatal class about breastfeeding. This is a subject close to my heart and I wanted to welcome them into the centre with a special message to inspire them to approach the subject with a positive mindset. Who else would I turn to but Ina May Gaskin? Author of, amongst others, the inspiring Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding.
Ina May has become known as “the mother of authentic midwifery” and was recently awarded the Right Livelihood Award “… for her whole-life’s work teaching and advocating safe, woman-centred childbirth methods that best promote the physical and mental health of mother and child.”
Thinking positively about your body is thought to make a woman’s relationship with breastfeeding easier. There is a great article on this on the La Leche website (see “Could Body Image Be a Barrier to Breastfeeding? A Review of the Literature“).
I’d be interested in hearing your views on this. If you’re a mum, do you feel that how you perceive your body has had an impact on how you feed your baby?
Director of The Wellbeing Centre, Claire Bushell is a HypnoBirthing and BabyCalm practitioner offering antenatal and postnatal classes and workshops. She also facilitates a couple of peer-support groups that meet up monthly at The Wellbeing Centre – the Newbury NCT Homebirth Group and the Pandas support group for people suffering from postnatal depression.