What is Breaxting?
Have you heard of this phrase yet — Breaxting? It defines the action of texting (or using your phone/tablet) while breastfeeding your baby. Are you guilty? I think we all are, to a degree. Don’t worry, I am not here to pass judgement.
Why I Don’t Do It
Okay. Maybe that’s an overstatement. It has happened. Once. Maybe twice. Okay a handful of times. Guilty. Waiting for that important text or call, I think is understandable. As with everything else, moderation is key. And in this matter, heavy moderation. Though this is only my opinion. It is only my account of the result of data and research on the topic, as they are available so far.
While little research or studies have been completed on the topic of breaxting but some well educated professionals warn about the potential ill effects. One can certainly see the close correlation between breaxting and being a parent on the phone, computer, or tablet. Studies have been done on the technologically distracted parent and the results are frightening. In addition to that, there has been a cancerous connection to the radiation that our cellular devices emit and human exposure to them.
So between our health and building a bond to last a lifetime, I’ve made a choice to curb my cell phone use tremendously. And we love it!
Don’t Miss the Bond. Don’t Miss the Magic.
One such study is the March Study conducted by the researchers of Boston Medical Center. In this study, the researchers carefully observed parents and/or caregivers at a number of fast-food establishments. Out of the 55 caregivers studies, an astonishing 73% used their phones!!! Further, they concluded that the majority of time spent at the restaurant was dedicated to the electronic device instead of the kids. In one instance, a boy attempted to get his mother to look away from a tablet by taking her face into his hands got physically pushed away.
Of course, I know that mothers aren’t out there pushing their infants off of the breast in order to text their friends. But it’s not okay for a boy to get pushed when needing the attention of his mother in a public place. Nor do I think it’s okay to sever the bond between you and an infant who may look quiet and content but is studying you and trying to connect with you each second. There is something to be said about an infant’s vision being only 8-18 inches far for the first few weeks of his or her life. Miraculously, this is the average distance between the mother and child’s eyes when the baby is breastfeeding. There is magic between those 18″ is not to be missed. It’s easy to forget sometimes. Facebook has a way of sucking you in, believe me, I know.
Center of Media and Child Health has this to say on breastfeeding and texting,
Texting while feeding a baby diverts the caregiver’s attention away from the child. Although constant attention is not necessary, be mindful that feeding time is a unique (and fleeting) opportunity to spend intimate time with your child and help build this powerful connection. Staring at each other in silence can be calming, centering, and a great way to develop an understanding of your baby’s minute body cues.
Remember, the challenge for us all is to strike a balance between media use such as texting and our human demands. Texting isn’t inherently bad—it can be an important tool for information-seeking and communicating, especially when a child is napping. Caregivers should try to limit their texting when with children so that they don’t miss out on the special things their children do and say and so that they don’t model disconnected and distracted behaviors for their children.
Radiation, Cancer, Disease – Very Real.
Even then, I remember reading a few studies about the effect of radiation emitted by the typical cellular phone. More than that, a child’s head bone marrow absorbs 10X more radiation than that of an adult. Prolonged use of cellphones double the risk of disease and brain tumors, studies show. And, if you’ve ever heard something about cellphone radiation and sperm, it’s not a myth. Exposed to radiation, sperm dies 3 times faster.
Instead of Breaxting We do This
I read a book to her. One of mine. Whether its a parenting book (at the time of this post it happens to be a reread of this bestseller: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. or a fun novel like the one about the catastrophically hysterical Desperation Lingers by Anthony Paull. This becomes a doubly good experience as I am reading to her, she is listening to my voice, I keep an eye on her little fidgety movements, and there is a bond being built.
I also practice telling her free form stories that I come up with on the spot. I am quite horrible at this but I hope that by the time she is able to follow what I am saying, I’ll get a tad
Being thanful is a part of my everyday. I will, with all my might, try’n raise my daughter to see this life’s miracles and be humbled by the grandiosity of the world and the magic in a dew drop. As we breastfeed (especially before bedtime now), I go through all the things I am grateful for and things she should be grateful too.
Now, What do YOU Think?
I am not judging by any means, so I hope you texting moms don’t take it as such. To each, definitely, her own. I am curious if any of you feel the same (or opposite) way. Let’s chat about this.
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