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Re: torturous experiences leading to real problems...

2010-10-27T09:34:33.025-05:00

Re: torturous experiences leading to real problems . . .

I have a friend who tried *so hard* to breastfeed through her pain that, after trying and trying and trying, found out she had breast cancer.

She's since had a double-mastectomy and is undergoing chemo.

I applaud her strength and I'm *so glad* that her persistence to breastfeed led to an intervention that has saved her life.

Sorry to de-rail the topic.

Beautiful post! Thank you!



@Fearless: Thank you for your comment. One of th...

2010-10-21T22:24:10.921-05:00

@Fearless:

Thank you for your comment. One of the reasons I want to point out that breastfeeding isn't or shouldn't be "too" hard is because if it is then something is probably wrong and needs to be checked out. I think some women go on to have torturous breastfeeding experiences because they believe that breastfeeding is just hard and they grin and bare it (no pun intended) when in fact there is a real problem.

Women that do encounter breastfeeding difficulties aren't freaks, not any more than anyone else that encounters some kind of difficulty that "most" don't have. In our own way, we all are freaks.

It is my hope that in sharing a wide variety of stories we can all find the support we really need. That is why I make it a point to share guest posts that include the breastfeeding stories that didn't work out. If you'd like to share yours here I'd be honored to feature it.

Thanks for stopping by and I'm so glad you found this post encouraging.



Beautiful. And thanks for the caveat at the end. I...

2010-10-21T18:17:39.206-05:00

Beautiful. And thanks for the caveat at the end. It's appreciated. ;)

I think it is so important to have encouraging, positive stories out there, and I agree that it's probably not (typically) the ACT of breastfeeding that is hard; it is, as you say, all the crap that surrounds it in our messed up society.

But as one of those rare women who has ridiculously sensitive breasts, I do have to admit that nursing on my right boob was utter agony. Worse than 18 hours of non-medicated pitocin labor. And it persisted for over a month, at which point I quit. But this is not "normal", and I totally don't mean to spread "horror stories" about it; I just think it's also good to be truthful so that us freakshows don't feel alone.

But again - beautiful, encouraging post, and excellent message!



I love the labor analogy. I never did understand ...

2010-10-21T17:26:51.650-05:00

I love the labor analogy. I never did understand why people would tell me those horrible things when I was pregnant. I was happy to tell anyone who asked that I was having my baby with midwives (one at a birth center, second one at home) and I breastfeed proudly, something that changes even among breastfeeding moms as your children get older, I still breastfeed my two year old and only recently weaned my four year old.



Great post. I need to remember to come by more oft...

2010-10-20T23:11:38.229-05:00

Great post. I need to remember to come by more often!! :)



i honestly feel grateful to the midwifes in the RV...

2010-10-20T15:06:22.879-05:00

i honestly feel grateful to the midwifes in the RVI @ newcastle, i was determined to bf and while my son had latch issues by the end of the first 24 hours when he had yet to eat i was ready to head for the formula. Thankfully the midwife on duty kept pushing me to try again and again and when i was at my Very last attempt she practically forced my boob into his mouth and he finally latched. We had a very painful time until he got the hang of it at around 10 days but if it weren't for the support of the midwifes / community midwifes and the health visiter i would have given up. Especially the community midwife that suggested nip shield when my nips were cracked and i was crying each time he latched and was so supportive that she refused to sign me over to the HV until i was ready



I love this. Thank you.

2010-10-20T14:12:49.373-05:00

I love this. Thank you.



You labour analogy often comes to mind when I hear...

2010-10-20T14:02:24.521-05:00

You labour analogy often comes to mind when I hear people discussing their struggles with breastfeeding or the reasons why they stopped. Sometimes the 'you can' (or words to that effect!) is just what's needed. Sometimes we all need a prod to enable us to do things that are difficult - in all aspects of life. Tiredness, hormones, pain, all get in the way when it comes to breastfeeding & that's when you need to be able to rely on someone standing with you to - be it a partner, mother, midwife or friend. That's not bullying (bullying is something very different, and it's NOT ok). In our FB group we recently had a discussion about the question "Has a breastfeeding 'bully' ever helped you"? Quite a number of mothers said they were very grateful to their stern midwives for standing firm when they were on the verge of giving up.



This is what I did- I never told anyone I was goin...

2010-10-20T13:28:18.695-05:00

This is what I did- I never told anyone I was going to breastfeed, hardly told anyone I was having a homebirth, and never took my baby to the doctor. I just did it. Very happy with my decision. :)