These days, I’m all about food choices. Well, mainly just the choice between two different types of the same food: breast milk and formula.
That’s right. I’ve added “Mommy” to my current titles of sister, daughter, wife and a few more.
Pregnant women and moms can probably back me up on this: Since the day I found out I was pregnant, I’ve been bombarded with messaging telling me that breast milk is best.
And truth be told, I agree, which is why I’m nursing my daughter.
Most of my friends, who also are moms, are taking the same route. But even if they aren’t, it’s cool – they have to do what’s best for their own kids. I’m nothing if not supportive of consumers’ right to choose how their food is raised — or the best way to feed their infants. But I digress. Back to my mom friends.
It’s because of those wonderful mom friends (and social media) that I stumbled upon the below picture of 101 Reasons Why Breastfeeding is Best:
In case you’re having trouble reading no. 76, it says, “Breastfeeding helps reduce cruelty to farm animals.”
Mallory, a mom and friend from way back in our FFA days, posted this to Facebook. She’s a farm kid, too, and was slack-jawed when she saw it posted at her son’s pediatrician’s office.
I was slack-jawed, too, and was pretty quick to call foul. But then I thought, “Well, let’s just see if there’s actually any meat to this.”
A quick search on the internet turned up the list and confirmation that there really is no good explanation as to why breastfeeding would help end animal cruelty.
In case you don’t feel like following the link, the list includes an explanation of each reason why breastfeeding is best. Under no. 76, the list says:
“Less use of cow’s milk equals fewer cows equals less opportunity for animal abuse.”
We should breastfeed because it means that farmers won’t be able to abuse cows they don’t have? That just sounds crazy. Almost as crazy as the assertion that all dairy farmers are abusing their animals.
Growing up on a dairy farm, I can tell you there’s nothing that is more important to a dairy farmer than the health of his cows. Without healthy, happy cows, there’s no milk. And if there’s no milk, there’s no milk check. Without a milk check, there’s no way to pay the bills, pay the workers or keep farming. And farming with what they love. It lives inside you and never leaves. Farming is what we all live for.
In my own family, and in family friends who have dairy cattle, I’ve seen firsthand the amount of hard work and care that goes into each day on a dairy farm. Baling hay in 100-degree heat so the cows have hay for the winter, staying up late to treat a cow with milk fever, and getting up early EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. to milk those girls is what it’s all about for every dairy farmer out there.
Don’t believe me? Be sure to check out http://www.WatchUsGrow.org for more information on today’s farming and see interviews with Chicago-area moms as they visit dairy farms for the first time and get a load of dairy farming with their own eyes.