So, why the struggle? Well, I'm a bit clumsy :oP so I don't like breastfeeding in public. I know the pain of clogged ducts, thrush and mastitis. I know the emotional and physical fatigue of being an around the clock milk machine. I know the tears shed over trying to get a baby to latch correctly. I know the struggle to increase a low milk supply. And I know the disapproving glares of the doctors when baby isn't gaining 'enough' weight based on their formula fed baby charts.
The truth is for each of my babies I made the decision to breastfeed in the hospital and THEN make my final decision whether to breastfeed or not. Each time I was hooked - IMMEDIATELY - on breastfeeding my newborn baby. The desire and determination to breastfeed was very intense after nursing each of my children for the first time.
Breastfeeding is natural. Breastfeeding is beautiful. Breastfeeding is best.*
And so I breastfeed...
* Formula has it's place. So, please don't leave mean comments.
Why do you breastfeed? Or Why do you not breastfeed?