World Breastfeeding Week..

In honor of World Breastfeeding week (a day late), I wanted to share my nursing journey. But instead of doing that, I’m going to give it to you straight; my true feelings about breastfeeding.I love it!  I love it for me, I love it for my boys. I love that it’s worked for us, that we haven’t come across any issues; latching, mastitis, or otherwise. I love that I’m comfortable nursing just about anywhere and that it’s been convenient for me (for the most part.) But, mostly, I love that I could care less what other people think of MY decision to nurse MY babies, just like I could care less about YOUR method of feeding YOUR baby. Yup. SURPRISE. This isn’t some “look at me I nurse my kids” post. Sorry, not sorry.

Bottom line, I breastfeed. Big whoop. Why should I feel special for feeding my baby? I don’t see moms giving their babies bottles and shouting “bottle is best, screw breastfeeding!” Unfortunately, I see and hear way too much negativity in the breastfeeding world, and I refuse to be a part of it.  Likewise, I refuse to join the “bash moms who breastfeed, just because” group.  Why is it assumed that because I breastfeed my kids, that I have “entitled brat” written across my forehead?  Can’t I just feed my damn kid and NOT preach to others that they’re not moming right because they chose formula where I chose my ta ta’s?  Can’t I just be a mom, feeding her baby, rather than some loud mouth know it all?  Can’t I make my own decisions without trying to be better than a fellow mom?  Can’t I just be, without worrying about what someone else is going to think or say?  I sure can!  And you better believe I am.

Now, to all of my fellow nursing mommas, RELAX!  I’m not criticizing you.  Unless you are a rude, judgmental nursing mom, then, I am criticizing you.  And a message to those judging; who are YOU to judge another mom?  Seriously.  Why are you better, simply because you choose to breastfeed?  Has it ever crossed your mind that maybe, just maybe, that mom you saw at the mall, making a bottle of formula, wanted to breastfeed her baby, but couldn’t?  Has it ever crossed your mind that the same mom tried, really hard, to breastfeed.  That she stayed up fighting a screaming, hungry baby.  Bought all the lactation cookies and drinks.  Read all the books, sought out all advice, did whatever she could to make it work, all to realize that it wasn’t going to.  Have you thought about how horrible that mom may (or may not) feel because she couldn’t {or chooses not to} breastfeed?  Do you think she needs anymore criticism or judgment?  Probably not.  And again, is it any of your business?  NOPE!

Don’t worry, I’m not forgetting all you formula moms.  Just a reminder, not all breastfeeding moms are judging you!  The mean ones give us all a bad name, but I promise you, we’re not all b*tches.  You rock that formula!

So instead of honoring World Breastfeeding week, I say, WHO CARES!  I honor every mom for feeding your kids whichever way you see fit, and I ask you to do the same.  Support this amazing sisterhood that only WE are a part of.  Get over the fact that no mom will ever do exactly as you do, and support the fact that she overcomes the chaos, just like you!  Unite in motherhood, community over competition, do you, and don’t judge me for doing me.

13 thoughts on “World Breastfeeding Week..

  1. As a mom who has formula fed from day one due to little mans health and then because breastfeeding never could work for us (think baby screaming and crying every time we tried till he finally got a bottle fun stuff) thank you for this post! I am jealous of you ladies who are able to breastfeed but I have a chunky happy baby so I’m ultimately happy!
    Also I love that after all these years I can hear your voice in your posts! Your personality comes across 100% in your blog!

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    1. You’re a great mom! I hate that there’s so much competition in this mom world!! BTW, miss you so much & think of you often!! Glad you’re enjoying the blog, thanks so much for your support! It means the world!!

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  2. This blog was so very well stated. I also believe that we should respect every mom for the decisions she makes about how to feed her baby. The most important thing is to love that baby. After all a happy mom, makes a happier baby!!

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  3. Love this, again you’re right on. I Breastfed both my babiies(50 years ago) mainly because I couldn’t afford formula. But after the first time, I loved every minute. I didn’t care what any other Mom was doing, I only cared that that my babies were thriving. I loved being pregnant and love being a Mom. No one has the right to judge another Mom for doing ehat she thinks is right! Great post as usual!xoxo

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    1. Thanks Cookie!! Totally agree. When you see your baby thriving it makes you feel like you know what you’re doing (even if you don’t REALLY know what you’re doing all the time!) Haha.

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  4. This really struck a chord with me, as I am one of those moms who so desperately wanted to exclusively nurse her son, and did anything to try to make it work, but it just wouldn’t. I had to supplement around 5 months, and then he was strictly on formula at 6 months. I was devastated, crushed, felt like I wasn’t good enough. Then I realized that as long as my baby is happy, healthy and fed….he would flourish. Thank you for supporting those who were and are unable to breastfeed. Xo

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