This is something that's been heavy on my mind since I started with Josiah.
First off let me share my experience...
When I became pregnant with Josiah, I was determined to do everything right and be the absolute best mom he could have...then he was born.
The first week was awful.
I sat in the rocking chair in the middle of the night crying because it hurt so bad.
I used creams, you name it..
I finally opted to get a pump to give myself a day break to let myself heal, which it did help tremendously!
And finally after a week, everything started working out.
But then Josiah became really sick and nicu happened.
Between the stress level and pumping exclusively, my milk supply dropped drastically.
I couldn't keep up with what they were giving him and had to supplement with formula.
I was devastated.
I never thought it would effect me so much but it did.
No matter what we tried, my milk supply never increased...
The staff at children's hospital were so understanding and nice, never judgmental or hard on me..
We finally, after almost 4 weeks, got to go home with our little Josiah.
But,unfortunately, after a month of ng tubes and then a bottle, he never could breastfeed again.
I continued to pump my tiny bit of supply and supplement with formula..and my stress levels continued to rise.
We were constantly on the road from doctors offices, etc, and I found myself at one point pumping in a public gas station restroom.
I was horrified.
I finally, after weeks, decided I couldn't handle it anymore...especially since it was next to nothing that I was pumping.
Let me tell you, it was a hard thing for me to do enough as it was without the burden of what others put on my shoulder.
My advice..don't be so hard on someone who decides to stop breastfeeding.
You don't know what they've been through to get to that point and how hard it is for them just for themselves.
I had one person continue to push on me well after I had stopped..ignoring the tell tale signs of how hard it had been for me already to do it.
My dr...fabulous and understanding..but others not so much.
So..please don't be hard on the mothers out there that don't breastfeed..
It's their baby..let them just enjoy being a mom..