If you don’t focus 99% of your internet time on all things baby, you probably didn’t know it was World Breastfeeding Week. But if you’re me, you did. It was everywhere – in my Facebook feed, on the Huffington Post, in Glamour Magazine, etc. And here’s the thing – it kind of made me feel like shit.
I’m 100% pro-breastfeeding. Both Jason and I were breastfed as babies. But then when I had my own baby, I just couldn’t do it. It wasn’t for lack of trying, trust me. I just had a very low milk supply. Like negligible. And after two weeks of driving myself crazy, I stopped trying to make it happen.
But then I read all these articles and blog posts recently about how great breastfeeding is and though I agree, I felt like every single thing I read had this same rationale – it’s better for the baby and it’s totally natural and what you’re supposed to do. And it probably is. But when you can’t do it, and you hear other people talking about how they are doing something that’s better for the baby and you aren’t, that’s hard. When you hear people say that you just have to keep trying and you didn’t, that’s hard too.
It’s also the influx of, “you’re such a good mother for doing this” comments that bother me too. A friend of mine posted this article on Facebook and I agree. It’s not always easy and it’s not always natural for everyone.
Not breastfed (and practicing his duckface) but still has a good mother: