Merry - posted on 12/03/2011 ( 219 moms have responded )
If everything went perfect.
No bad latches that hurt.
Bonding goes beautifully
No post pardum depression
No having to return to work.
No having to return to school.
No unsupportive family members.
No unsupportive public.
No unsupportive doctors.
Baby latches well.
Baby is gaining weight well.
Baby is happy to nurse.
No weird or sexual feelings while feeding.
Baby eats quick meals and doesn't tie you down for hours sucking.
Baby sleeps well at night.
Baby will for sure be able to wean whenever you want, no fuss.
If everything was perfect for you and accommodated breastfeeding perfectly, how long would you continue? Keeping in mind the health recommendation is 2 years but maybe only 15% of women nurse beyond the first year. What is it that's stopping us? And if it were all perfect, then what?