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So Beyonce only breastfed for ten weeks. So what?
So maybe she did it to lose her baby weight. So what?
In that brief time she was a prominent, visible role model for breastfeeding mamas. That’s awesome. She may have even made it look “cool” and perhaps there are new mothers breastfeeding their babies right now because of her. Babies that may not have been breastfed if their mothers hadn’t seen Beyonce doing it first.
Does it really matter why she did it? In my opinion, it doesn’t. I don’t think it matters if you are making the choice to breastfeed your baby for all the awesome benefits, because you don’t want to shell out big bucks for formula or because you are too lazy to wash out and prepare bottles (raising my hand here, this is why I started all those years ago. That was a selling point for me, I’ll admit it.) Regardless as to what prompted her (or me, or you) to make the decision, a baby got to have some of that liquid gold.
Do I wish she had nursed longer? Of course- it would have been super cool to have such a well-known and glamorous woman as a breastfeeding advocate, but I also strongly believe that everyone has to do what works for them. And I believe that even a little bit of breastmilk is better than none.
We aren’t privy to the details of her life- we don’t know why she stopped. Maybe she fell victim to the booby-traps that can mess up milk supply. Maybe she is sad because her milk dried up. Maybe she just didn’t want to do it anymore. Who knows? Judging a celebrity (or any mom really) for the duration of her nursing relationship might make us feel superior, but it certainly isn’t doing the breastfeeding cause any favors. This isn’t an “all or nothing” sort of thing. The lack of compassion and the way so many of us “lactivists” are quick to jump on the judgy train is just what makes some people turn a deaf ear to our message.