Nothing felt natural. Nothing about it was soothing for my baby or myself. I looked at my husband, tears filling my eyes, and said, “I want to bottle feed.”
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Woman after woman feels the sting of “failure” when feeding her baby becomes a battle. So, is it our failure as women or mothers, or are we putting an expectation on breastfeeding that is simply unrealistic?
Then I had my first baby. And you know what I found? Breastfeeding was so hard. Physically hard. Emotionally hard. That baby had a terrible latch. I couldn’t pump enough milk to cover the bottom of a bottle. I was exhausted and hormonal. And I knew that all of those breastfeeding supplies meant nothing if […]
Like many new moms, I didn’t know a thing about breastfeeding before having a baby of my own. I just knew what I had heard from so many friends and family members : breast is best. So, I decided to do what was “best” for my baby . . . breastfeed.
Losing that nursing bond feels strangely like mourning, like you’re giving up being her Mommy as your lactation shuts down. You feel betrayed by your breasts, and guilty for taking the vacation, for leaving your daughter behind, and for getting so wrapped up in the move across town. You feel ashamed for not having better […]
Breastfeeding is considered to be a major part of infant development. Breast milk can help babies develop antibodies that fight off certain infections, and the natural milk can aid them in blossoming into strong and healthy toddlers and beyond. However, not every mother has success in the breastfeeding department. Often, when babies are born prematurely, […]
I’ve got a secret, y’all. I’m still breastfeeding my 3.5 year old. It’s okay . . . take a minute to collect yourselves. Get your smelling salts. If it makes you feel any better, three years ago I would have needed them, too. I don’t advertise that my little man is still occasionally nursing, but it’s nothing […]