Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oh Crap! Realization of the Day ... Breastfeeding

There are a lot of reasons women are unsuccessful breastfeeding—or, flat out just do not want to. The realization is that even if you do want to breastfeed, you may not be able. IT IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF! I was only able to breastfeed my twins for 5 weeks—that was when my sanity supply was depleted. It would have worked if I was producing enough for both babies. But, I wasn’t, and that meant feeding one by breast, followed by feeding the other by bottle, and then pumping to try to increase my supply. Once my help left, I couldn’t keep up with this routine, plus cook, clean, shop, and wash enough bottles for the next cycle without forcing myself into PPD. Oh, and shower, blah ha ha!

With baby number three, I had more success and went six months before trying to switch to just morning and evening feedings. Once I tried that, I dried up in less than a week. I know other moms who were able to continue that for months with no problem. EVERY woman is different. EVERY baby is different. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you have failed because you could not or would not breastfeed—even a lactation consultant (that is an “intimidating” group of people).  

A friend of mine, who is a blogger and fabulous photographer, wrote of her experience with breastfeeding, and I love how she told her story, “Somethings just aren’t the end of the world …”

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