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A little FEED and a little WEED


Today marks the start of World Breastfeeding week with groups using the time to promote the benefits of this natural and healthy choice.
As the mother of two beautiful girls, there was never another choice for me than to breastfeed because, let’s be honest, who wants to be preparing bottles at 3 a.m. when you have a body built to be always on and always ready. The fact that research has proven time and time again that there are long term health benefits for both mother and baby was just another benefit for me.
The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of baby’s life and then continuing for up to two years in combination with other foods and liquids. And, while I give kudos to those who do, this has always sounded a little extreme to me.
I look at my youngest, who just turned two last week, and think there is no way I would still be allowing her anywhere near that region. The kid has a full set of teeth, can string together full sentences, runs and climbs proficiently and can even put on her own shoes. Having my child climb onto my lap, ask for some mommy milk – complete with a please and thank you – and then be able to self serve at the pump is just way too much for me.
But, that’s not what this week is about. Despite the benefits only 14 percent of Canadian mothers are still exclusively breastfeeding at six months. While it’s an easy enough thing to do and the stigma of doing so in public locations is reducing, I can see that some mom’s might still be uncomfortable or be worried about making others feel that way.
So, this week I encourage all moms-to-be to consider giving it a try. Cover in public if you want to or don’t, that’s your choice, and do it for however long that it works for both you and your baby.
In other news, the Province of Manitoba issued an expression of interest for production, distribution and retail of cannabis when it becomes legal next year.
They claim they are taking a proactive approach to addressing the health and safety of Manitobans through the legalization process.
I personally have never even tried the drug and am firmly against the need to legalize it. There are numerous studies proving its harm and I don’t need any further argument about why it’s not a good idea. But, the same could be said for alcohol and tobacco, both of which are readily available to those over age.
On the flip side, I can see how the legalization could lead to better control and more monitoring of its use – providing reliable, safe sources and eliminating the possibility of receiving product laced with another, potentially more harmful, drug.
While I applaud the province for being proactive, one must also shake their heads at the costs – for things like studies, policy and implementation – that are being forced upon each provincial government by the federal one.