It seems as though we’ve all heard about the benefits of breastfeeding to both baby and mom. We’ve know the slogan, “Breast is Best”. But, what happens if it’s not best? If it’s a terrible struggle? If it truly doesn’t work?
For the majority of moms, this isn’t an issue. While most don’t describe breastfeeding as “easy” (at least at first anyway), the most women can do “what nature intended” just fine. However, for some, it doesn’t go as planned. Some babies actually can’t nurse. Some moms don’t have sufficient tissue–some truly can’t produce enough milk to sustain their babies. I know, because I am one of these mamas. If you’re interested in finding out more about my story, you can read my series, “when breastfeeding doesn’t work“.
For some, breastfeeding isn’t a big deal. In fact, some moms choose not to from the beginning. That wasn’t me. I had planned to exclusively breastfeed. I took the classes, bought all the products, and had it all “planned out”. But things don’t always go according to plan. My body didn’t cooperate. And, I was devastated.
Sadly, I found very little support or resources for women who truly had struggles breastfeeding. Even worse, many of the books and even some of the lactation consultants were no help, seeming to suggest that my “failure” was just due to things I had done wrong. This made an already bad situation even worse–I felt like a complete failure. I don’t want other moms to go through what I did. And, now I know that there are indeed resources and there is help for those struggling with breastfeeding.
La Leche League is a great organization for breastfeeding support, in general. There are a variety of resources there, but their specific focus is not mom’s struggling with breastfeeding.
MOBI (Mother’s Overcoming Breastfeeding Issues) Motherhood International is a non-profit organization whose whole focus is support for mother’s with breastfeeding issues. If low supply is the breastfeeding issue, than Low Milk Supply.org is a great resource also.
Medela is a company that I have come to know well through my breastfeeding struggles. On their website, you can seek advice, find lactation consultants in your area, join the discussion boards, and of course, check out their products. I’ve come to learn about and use MANY of their products. And, in fact, through May 30th you can head over to Mom Endeavors and enter to WIN a Medela Pump In Style Advanced!
It’s my hope that moms who want to breastfeed, especially those for whom it’s a struggle, get the support they need and avoid judgment from others!
Did you breastfeed? What was YOUR experience like?
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