My Choice to Breastfeed Hurt My Friend's Feelings
Thank you for posting this Christa.
I can so relate in so many ways.........
Love love love this article!!! Thanks for sharing it!
What an interesting article! TFS.
Okay, this article from the same blog now has me all paranoid. I'm only sharing so I'm not alone in my paranoia.
OMG that dry drowning thing is scary!!!!!! I'll never let DS swim without me now!!!!
TFS! I got a lot of heck when I didn't BF DD#1...and DS...well, I couldn't because he was hospitalized...and also he was allergic...but I had to keep explaining it over and over...
Thank you so much for sharing this Christa! When I had to cut bf short w/ my DD due to her NICU stay, high palate, and finally her milk allergy, I was devastated. I couldn't read an article/fb update about bf w/o getting upset at myself and crying that I failed at it. This actually lasted, though got a little better as time went on, until I was finally able to succeed (after 2 very hard and painful months!) at bf Lucas. I have finally come to terms w/ it, but it was hard. Anyways, I'm glad to read an article like this.
Great article! I wasn't able to BF my DD and only had dim hopes I'd be able to BF twins... and I'm so very thankful it worked out with them, BUT my DD certainly didn't suffer one bit being FF - she's extremely healthy and was a better sleeper! I'm really glad I got to experience both sides of the issue and see the advantages and disadvantages to both. It's really a shame that FF mothers tend to get so criticized.
I bf'd DD1 for 2 weeks and quit. No real reasons except that it was too hard, she came out crying and didn't stop for 3 months and I had no support. I wasn't sad about it at the time, but I was pretty hard on myself years later. I feel very passionately about bf'ing, but I also feel very passionately about the fact that what works for one person doesn't always work for others.
I've been on both sides of what she's talking about in the article. I've taken things people have said very personally when I've "failed" (my CBAC for example) and I know I've been on the giving end without even knowing it before.
I know especially here (online), it's so hard to take things the way they were intended. I'm sure I've come across "preachy" before, but if you knew me IRL, you'd know I'm just usually really excited to share the information I have. I'm more passionate about informed decision making than which decision you end up making.
I was hoping you girls would like this article as much as I did! I love articles that highlight the silliness of "mommy wars". We're all just doing the best we can with the information and resources we have!!!
(can I use anymore quotes in this post?!)
Awesome article!! I'm so glad you shared this w us
I enjoyed that. It's so true, and not with just bf...pretty much any parenting decision you make is going to be judged by someone, and vice versa. It's a good reminder though to just mind your p's and q's when sharing with someone whom you know has done things a different way.
I think this group of women (october 2010 mommies, that is) are amazing, and I am blessed to be a part of this board. Everyone is so positive, encouraging and uplifting...it's wonderful!
IMO the only bad parent when it comes t what to feed your kid is the parent who doesn;t feed them at all. Any other food choice you make is up to you and so long as they are fed and it's keeping them growing so be it.