Aideen - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
I find it so frustrating as my friends and family have new babies and decide not to breastfeed either due to lack of support in the hospital (a nurse told my sister in law it wasn't an option since she had a c-section and had too many meds) or just because they don't seem to realise the benefits and don't like the idea! A friends who is expecting has also said that they are so pushy about breastfeeding in the hospital and this is turning her off. She should have a choice.
It seems so odd to me not to put your tiny baby's needs first. I actually find it upsetting that these little babies that I care about have no immune support from their moms, they have less than ideal food for their brain and eye development, will have more infections and illnesses and so on.
Do others feel the same? How do you deal with this? How can I encourage without being pushy too or fanatical? How do you make others see what a lovely thing it is to be able to do! It is definately the most empowering thing I have done as a young mother. And although I never bottle fed I do think breastfeeding is quite easy, handy in comparison.