Maree - posted on 03/11/2012 ( 41 moms have responded )
I am going to try to be very respectful in asking this question but because i have a reputation i have no doubt i am going to be crucified for anything i post....but anyway here goes
I have yet to see a woman breast feeding a 6 month old baby or older and still be in pain with mastitis,cracked nipples,bleeding or any other horrible thing that usually happens in the early weeks of breast feeding.
I'm not saying that it's unheard of but i am saying that it is pretty uncommon to have such problems with a baby older than a few months.
So my question is.....knowing that after the first few months that the pain will go away and breast feeding is likely to be easy,quick,convenient and enjoyable whilst also being the best food nutritionally....why is it that so many women give up due to the pain in the first few weeks ???
I am not talking about women who believe they didn't get any milk or lost their milk,have to go back to work,get the wrong information or believe the stupid things that family members or random strangers say....I am referring to women who ONLY stop because the pain was bad.
I get that maybe they feel that they can't handle it any longer but if they realized that the pain would go away within a few weeks and their baby would be better off in the long run then they should stick it out a little longer shouldn't they?
Do women believe that formula is just as good so why bother suffering?
Are they just weak?
Do they act before they think it through and then it's too late?
On many threads on here,bottle feeders are coming across as incredibly angry and constantly go on about how they are happy with their choice....even posting non relevant things about how they "had" to bottle feed on threads that didn't even ask that question.They seem to be so desperate to announce to the world how right their decision is and how happy they are...to me they don't seem happy at all !!!
If the people that say these things feel so good about what they are feeding their baby then why are they saying they "had" to do it rather than boasting about all the health benefits to bottle feeding? Personally,if i HAD to do something i don't think i would consider that a good thing.
I don't believe there are any real health benefits but i would love to hear about them if there are....because unlike some,i can admit that my breast fed baby DOES get colds and if all of you who have formula fed babies who NEVER get sick,I'd like to know what magic potion you are giving them.