Overwhelming

Abbi - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I sometimes feel overwhelmed with breastfeeding. Does anyone else feel this way? I've talked to other moms that only formula feed that they didn't like the way it felt, and so they didn't continue to do it. I can't say that I particularly care for the way it feels, but I know it's best for my baby so I'm still doing it. I also supplement with formula because when I went back to work, pumping got to be too much for me after doing it for about a month.

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Alyssa - posted on 02/04/2010

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Yes its overwhelming and I feel like I cant wait to have "My Boobs" back. My son is

1 yr and 8 months and my daughter is 2 weeks old. I am feeling VERY OVERWHELMED :)but I know its the best thing for my children and my son never gets sick. I have pumped for many months when I had to go back to work, it was very hard but I made it. Now my only problem is trying to ween my son so I can just feed my daughter.

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Tine - posted on 01/01/2011

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Breastfeeding is a really intimate thing, and although I love it, I understand that for some women it could feel invasive and difficult. I applaud you for continuing in the face of your difficult feelings!

I am still breastfeeding my daughter (age 2) and mostly I still love it, but lately I have drawn some boundaries (such as stopping the rather rough playing with the other nipple while she feeds, and following her lead on reducing daytime feeds as she is ready, by keeping her busy and well fed). I think breastfeeding is like any other relationship, it evolves, and changing it as your child grows and your feelings change is fine. Sometimes I have felt overwhelmed, but usually those were times when my daughter has been unwell, teething or insecure rof whatever reason and has needed more than I have been used to giving her. This has always balanced out after a time (a few days to a week). I have found the support of other breastfeeding mums, and the ABA (Australian Breastfeeding Association) to be really important at these times.

Hannah - posted on 02/04/2010

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I felt really overwhelmed the first 5 months. Once I quit my job and stay at home, it has become much better. I know it's difficult, and our family has had to make a ton of financial sacrifices, but we are doing it so that I can continue to nurse. Honestly I would have wuit if I had to keep working. So I unfortunately think it's a choice you have to make: work or nurse. There is only so much of you to go around!

Helen - posted on 02/04/2010

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Hi Abbi yes I know how you feel. I think this time Im worse than with my first (bf for 12mths). now george has teeth and im working , but i persist and also give bottles when working as pumping was soooo hard. We are doing the best we can and I think that everyone deserves a pat on the back when we return to work and continue some breast feeding.

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