Sunday, November 21, 2010

A little laugh

Posted by Tatiana

I'm not posting these days, though I have some nice ones rattling around my mind.  Doubtlessly that is largely due to a little something that would be called PPD if I had the health coverage to actually see a professional. Somehow all those stories I've heard over the years about the stuff that's supposed to decrease the risk of PPD - you know, skin to skin baby time, breastfeeding, being hydrated, sleeping enough, community, good nutrition, eating placenta, staying in for a month, blah blah blah - translated in my mind to meaning PPD is for people who don't do those things.

Alarming, I know, but this like almost every other unconscious assumption turned out to be wrong. Nothin' like some good contrary experience. It's a consolation to know that more than likely this experience will prove invaluable sometime in the future, but in meanwhile it's been a bit of a bear.

Anyway, this comic made me giggle and reminded me of some of the other absurd attitudes we are faced with in this work, and think of you guys over here in this rather cobwebby corner of cyberspace enough to actually pipe up.  So here it is, and here I am.  And don't worry, I'll be getting what I need.
Freely shared thanks to open licensing.  From: xkcd


  1. Ha ha! Great comic! Also, just wanted to say thanks for sharing a little about your journey, even when it isn't all rainbows and unicorns- it's good for me, and probably lots of other moms, to hear your experience. An important reminder than even when we do everything we can, sometimes things don't turn out the way we want. I'm so sorry you are going through this.

  2. This is kind of the funniest thing ever. I almost wet myself when I went to the xkcd site and found his comment about the comic:

    "Don't know why women try to breastfeed anyone on the bus. I haven't seen that happening on all the buses I've been on. Maybe I've been on the wrong buses?"

  3. Jill - Hilarious! Maybe I'm riding the wrong buses, too. I can see how the irony of the comic would be lost on someone who hasn't been around any of the extremes of pro or anti breastfeeding propaganda. Still..

    And thanks for the kind words, Kelly. It's an easy psychological pitfall, I think, to equate "increases chances of" with "causes."