Without actually knowing who "they" are, I hear "they" say breast is best.
Well, almost 12 weeks in I call BS!!
Breast is not best. I repeat, as I stand shouting from a mountain top, BREAST.IS.NOT.BEST!!!
But I can tell you, as unequivocally as possible, what breast is.
Breast is hard.
Breast is stressful.
Breast is emotional.
Breast is exhausting.
Breast gives you anxiety.
Breast is time consuming.
Breast is (or can be) painful.
Breast makes you question your reasons. Daily.
Breast is getting up at 4 a.m. to pump to have adequate milk for the day.
Breast is starting petty arguments with your husband because of all of the above.
Breastfeeding is by far the most difficult thing I have ever done; for me, even way more so than giving birth.
But let me tell you what ELSE breast is.
Breast is free. Yes, I admit that is one of my top reasons.
Breast is rewarding. I love that I can say I give my son life. HA!
Breast promotes bonding. Now that Mark is in daycare and I am not solely feeding him from the breast, I am really enjoying our time every morning and evening during feeds.
Breast is, and I would be remiss to not say this, giving Mark advantages that formula might not be able provide.
In the day and age of social media, and major mom-shaming, not just online either - I recently read a story of a woman who yanked a pacifier out of a stranger's child's mouth because she didn't agree with it - I feel like we as moms should support each other. Don't be quick to judge. Be quick to listen. Don't be quick to lash out. Be a sounding board. Be a shoulder to cry on. Moms should support each other. Not tear each other down.
While I am breastfeeding now, I do not know what tomorrow will bring. If I decide to go strictly formula, it is MY decision. Not yours, not Joe Schmo's, mine!
You do what's best for YOU and YOUR family, not Judgey Janet on that one Facebook mom "support" group.
As my friend says, fed is best!! So you do YOU!
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!