Have you heard breast is best? I’ll bet you have. And I bet you have strong feelings about it. Even I, a huge breastfeeding supporter roll my eyes at that statement. While breast milk is nutritionally the optimal choice when it comes to feeding a baby, even science can’t argue that, that statement does no one any good. It makes people defensive and totally misses the point.
As a former breastfeeding mom and breastfeeding educator I fight the stigma of breastfeeding everyday. And let me tell you, we have a real problem in our society.
I am not talking about the mom who has tried her hardest to breastfeed and it just hasn’t worked out. I’m not talking about those of you who for one reason or another were just not able to get their bodies to cooperate the way you wanted them to. I 100% understand that it physically does not work for everyone no matter how hard you try or the number of interventions you’ve sought. I understand there are so many other factors to consider that might mean breastfeeding just isn’t right for you.