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  • Kindergarten Mom
    April 08, 2013 - 14:28

    I had my baby 5 years ago and had every intention to breastfeed. I knew all the benefits (plus the added benefit of it being free) and it was a choice I had made before my child was even born. After having my baby I realized I wasn't able to breastfeed because of a lack of being able to produce milk. I was pressured by family, friends and healthcare staff at nausea and being told, without using the exact words, that I was a bad mother because I didn't care enough about my child to try harder. No one was in my shoes, no one could understand or feel the disappointment I had from "failing my child" because I couldn't give him the best right from birth. While it's great that mothers are being encouraged to chose breastfeeding. I feel that mothers are being PUSHED to breastfeed and made to feel like a bad parent if they cannot, whether by choice or by nature. There was no choice for me, it was either formula feed or have my child starve. No breast pumps, lactation consultants, medication or shields, no skin on skin or anything else allowed me to provide sustenance for my child, and I should NEVER have been made to feel like less of a parent.