For some reason we as women have been bashing each other for the choices we make as mothers. Why? Do you think that it is truly going to help another momma to bash certain choices she has made for her family. We may not always agree with other Mommas, but we should support them and educate them IF they are looking for input. Sometimes we must agree to disagree.
Yes, I am sad every time I hear of a momma that quits breastfeeding and I’m honestly slightly angered by one that makes a choice to never nurse her child. That was her choice though, and one that I CAN NOT MAKE FOR HER no matter what her reasoning is.
Yes, I believe breastfeeding is a health choice and not JUST a life style choice. Many people believe it is only a life style or parenting choice, but I feel it is much deeper.
Yes, I personally quit/failed breastfeeding my oldest child. My oldest was born at a hospital with very little breastfeeding support. I had no lactation Consultants available and they didn’t even bring her to me for 5 hours after her birth. No support was offered to me after I left. We only made it 2 weeks before we added formula and by 5 months I was producing around 5 ounces a day. I didn’t feel like it was enough for the “trouble” and stopped. I regret that choice and many others starting with choosing an early induction, but that is another post altogether.
Yes, I plan on nursing my son as long as he wants to.
No, I don’t see my self nursing a 5 year old. I honestly think that I will have no milk to offer at that point, but who knows.
If a woman with a 3 week old says she isn’t breastfeeding, fine. She has already made her choice. Do not condemn her. If you see a woman who is 3 weeks from giving birth and she says she is not going to breastfeeding, ask her why? See if maybe she has never known anyone who breastfed and is uncomfortable or she feels like formula babies are fatter and there for “healthier”. Maybe all she needed was for someone to say to her to try. Why not just try? You CAN do it! If we can’t get women to at least try then we will not be able to change the numbers of baby’s given a chance to breastfeed and create that wonderful relationship with their mothers.
We all want people to support breastfeeding, but what if we are asking them to support something that they didn’t choice for their family. What we should ask is for them to support our choices as Mommas and not to hinder us. You can always switch to a bottle, but you can’t just “switch” back to breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding, bottle feeding, formula, exclusive pumping, mixed feeding, donor milk, and/or long-term or “toddler feeding”. Just support her as a Momma ladies. You ARE Mom enough!