While it’s been a few years since Lori Burke had an infant, she remembers all too well the challenges of breast-feeding.
So when the Erie, Pennsylvania, mom of two and singer-songwriter heard the Holderness family’s humorous “All About That Baste” parody, she was inspired to write her own version, something that would give new moms a few laughs, but also some encouragement. “All About That Breast,” which Burke sings while playing an acoustic guitar, has since been going viral on social media.
Burke’s version is catchy from the opening lyrics:
“Yeah, it’s pretty clear, the cow says moo. But I can make it, make it, like I’m supposed to do. Because I’ve got these new boobs my new baby chases … got all the right holds and I got La Leche.”
And it also includes cheerleading lines such as, “every ounce of milk is perfect, you’ll be nursing like a boss” and “at first you may struggle and want to give up the fight, but just stick with it and soon you and baby will be all right.”
It’s that latter lyric that Burke says really rings true.
“This song was written for the new moms who are nervous about trying to breast-feed. Nothing prepares you for what it takes to be a parent, which is a lot of love and a lot of patience,” Burke told TODAY Parents.
Burke says that while some may criticize her for aligning herself with such a pro-breast-feeding stance — the song's refrain is "I'm all about that breast, 'bout that breast, no bottle..." — she didn't mean to champion one feeding method over another.
“I wanted to convey the message that God gave women breasts for a purpose, and I wanted to make people laugh. I used the ‘no bottle’ lyric because it sounded better. If I had to go back and change one lyric, I’d change that to ‘or bottle.’ I’m all about healthy babies — no shame, no guilt,” said Burke, who described her own challenges with feeding her two babies.
“With my first baby, I went back to coaching the high school girl’s volleyball team four weeks after I gave birth. I pumped breast milk in between the junior varsity and varsity games in the girl’s bathroom. We do what we have to do," she said.
"Two years later, I was home with my son and just couldn’t keep up with his demands, so we switched to formula after only a few months. My advice is to listen to your body and do what is best for you and your baby.”
Burke says parents need each other for support, and laughter is the best way to handle the stressful parts of parenthood. “The reality is, [parenting’s] not always fun — we need these funny tunes to get us through our day at times.”