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Nineteen years ago I was an overwhelmed, terrified first-time mom lying in a hospital bed after almost 24 hours of labor at a teaching hospital, where it seemed like my vagina was open for business and public viewing. Suffice it say, I was exhausted and when a La Leche representative walked into my room and began to rattle off how important it was for me to start breastfeeding as soon as possible; I begrudgingly obliged.
Although I had planned to formula feed — and even bought the bottles I had planned to use — the breastfeeding cheerleader was not going to let me go without a fight. After several minutes of indoctrinating me with guilt, I succumbed to the pressure to be a dutiful mother and give my baby the best possible start — which she implored me would not be possible if I chose formula over breast milk.
Those first two months were brutal my daughter seemed unable to latch on properly and we had a bit of an adjustment period which was consisted of me sobbing for the better part of most days. My inability to breastfeed had me feeling completely inept that something as natural as breastfeeding felt like the most unnatural and trickiest part of motherhood for me.
I also craved my pre-baby body back, and felt that I’d done my part to house my daughter for nine months- during which time I swore off coffee, diet soda and the hardest sacrifice; letting my blonde highlights fade to brown . I was honestly ready to reclaim my body-and allow my husband equally shoulder the feeding responsibilities.
And yet- the opposition I experienced from other mothers, as well as my La Leche local chapter- was akin to my basically denying my baby the sustenance she rightfully deserved. I felt so incredibly guilty for wanting to choose formula over breast milk, so I soldiered on for three more weeks until my cracked, raw nipples had reached their limit. And still years after the fact, I feel guilty.
Of course with the perspective of many years I realize one thing- breastfeeding is a CHOICE. There are NO right or wrong choices.
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Breastfeeding should be YOUR choice
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