I have two sons. Â One was breastfed for nine days, the other for nine months. Â I am most certainly an advocate of breastfeeding, Iâ€™m just not a believer in making women feel bad if they donâ€™t. Â Some women arenâ€™t comfortable with it. Â Some women have no support system. Â Some women end up feeling like failures if they have trouble with it.
I honestly believe more women would breastfeed, and be successful at it, if they had the whole story. Â My twenty-two year old niece made an attempt to breastfeed, but switched to bottle because the baby wasnâ€™t gaining enough weight. Â My niece didnâ€™t realize that nursing is different from bottle feeding. Â She didnâ€™t understand that it takes more than ten minutes for a feeding. Â She didnâ€™t understand that babies are supposed to be hungry all the time.
Of-course, her mother is a bottle advocate. Â So is her husbandâ€™s mother. Â So she just didnâ€™t have the information she needed. Â She was convinced it just didnâ€™t work. Â So she started supplementing with formula. Â Her daughter gained weight, so she gave her a little more. Â Within two weeks it was bottles all the time. Â The baby gained weight, catching up to where she should be in no time flat. Â My niece was relieved and much less stressed.
There are things I know and things I can only guess at. Â What I know for certain, is nobody ever shares the unpleasant facts about breastfeeding. Â The fear that all the gory details will turn mothers off the idea. Â Women are smarter than that. Â Give us some credit, we can handle the facts. Â Another thing I am certain of, more women would stick with it if they knew what they were going through was normal. Â So here it is, the plain truth. Â What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Breastfeeding. Â Read it, pass it on, remember it.