|Picture from "Accustomed Chaos"|
I breastfed Princess for a year. I had to supplement with formula because she just wasn't getting enough otherwise, but still...a year is an accomplishment. It was hard, especially for the first few months. And the next few. And a few more after that. First, she couldn't figure out how to latch on, then she went on a nursing strike. It was rough, but I was determined to make it work.
Then I had Little Man. Breastfeeding experts will tell you that a baby will never reject it's own mother. They're wrong. Little Man violently, angrily, loudly rejected me. He frustrated an experienced lactation consultant and numerous nurses at the hospital. I assumed he'd figure it out eventually and stuck it out for three months before a nasty bout of mastitis shut the factory down. After starting him on formula, my scrawny, screaming baby became a chubby happy baby (actually he still screamed when he was tired, but, not surprisingly, being fed enough did keep him happier the rest of the time). All told, the experience was a total nightmare that kept me from truly bonding with Little Man for a while.
So what do I do this time around? The thought of breastfeeding again makes me actually sick to my stomach. I know I might regret it later if I don't at least give it a shot with this baby, but I really, really, really don't want to breastfeed again.
Everyone keeps telling me that I need to at least give it a try. Maybe I'll try it for a week or two, but honestly, even if it's going well, I don't want to breastfeed. Period. I feel so guilty because I know the health benefits, but I also don't think it's very healthy for the baby if the mommy is absolutely miserable.
What do you think?
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