Overcoming Personal Breastfeeding Doubts
Posted By: Jennifer Johnson
I didn't grow up around breastfeeding moms. In fact, I grew up making formula bottles for my little sisters.
I may be a first generation breastfeeder but I sure have a lot of support for someone who didn't watch women breastfeed as I grew up. As I try to think of objections I've had to overcome from friends and family I can't point to any. I guess I'm very blessed in this regard.
Looking back, in the beginning I was overly sensitive about looks from my mother, suggestions to supplement, and inquiries about nursing on demand. Of course my feelings were warranted. I had never done this before and was learning on the job.
I consider myself lucky and extremely blessed to have had positive experiences with my family and friends. What I've found I'd had to face more than objections have been doubts.
Surprisingly I have had fellow breastfeeding moms admit the doubt they had in my efforts to breastfeed. Some bet I wouldn't last eight weeks before switching to formula. A friend of mine admitted she didn't think I'd last more than three months, but was happy I did. I'd be lying if I said their disbelief didn't motivate me that much more to keep it up.
I doubted myself too for some time. I didn't think my work schedule would allow for me to pump as much as I'd need to to feed my daughter. I didn't think my supply would keep up with her demand. I doubted my drive to keep it up. I didn't believe I'd be able to breastfeed and not need to supplement but I've done it. I've done it and I'm doing it and I couldn't be more proud of myself.
This experience has opened my eyes to a whole new world. I went from not caring if I needed to use formula, to leaving that as a very last resort and not needing it.
I'm finding myself talking to my sisters about breastfeeding and sharing my positive experiences with friends. I want every woman to consider breastfeeding. I want every mother to overcome her doubts, fears, and any objections she may have from others.3:08pm on Tuesday January 11
DADS TO DO LIST:
1. Adjust the positioning of the pillow
2. Provide water and food
3. Adjust the lighting in the room
4. Burp the baby
5. Change the baby if needed after feeding
6. Swaddle the baby after feeding and changing
7. Clean / cook
9. Take a shift
10. Encourage with love