IM GOING ON A RANT this morning! Watched another story on the news about a young mother who committed suicide because she had post partum depression that her husband says was exacerbated by having trouble breast feeding.
The experts say 75 percent of mothers have trouble breastfeeding but feel horribly guilty and a failure if they can’t or don’t want to, even from the outset. The breastfeeding pressure is nuts and is set up to make mothers feel they are a failure if they can’t! If you can and WANT to , great but if you are driving yourself crazy trying to and it’s not working, or you JUST DONT WANT TO, tell the hospital, or nurses or doctors or family members to SHUT THE ….UP and do what you want or are comfortable with, supplementing or bottle feed exclusively.
I know I’m going to take crap for this from the earth mother types out there but I DONT CARE. The incidents of PPD have definitely increased since this pressure to breastfeed is caught on. Guess what? NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO OR CANT, so do what you want guilt free and tell the rest to shut up!