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  1. Cara says

    This is a fantastic article! I am supporting a young family member through her journey in breastfeeding and I believe this is a realistic way to approach it. I breastfed my son 17 years ago, and the lactation consultant I had told me to give up and go to formula because she felt “I wasn’t dedicated enough” (I was in incredible pain for well over a month and she couldn’t figure out why – inverted nipples? Not that difficult to diagnose). According to her, if I didn’t do it right, I shouldn’t do it at all! I was young and the first in my family to breastfeed, so I took her advice as the rule as no one else could guide me. I ended up pumping and supplementing, but I hung in there as long as I could. The all or nothing approach does a huge disservice to these mothers. Likewise, the “well, if it hurts, you are doing it wrong – you must not be very dedicated” does not promote breastfeeding – obviously not accomplishing the goal of LLL. I see the tide turning, and I think everyone (including my niece – who is doing great after a few initial hurdles – which I reassured her are normal) appreciates it. However, if she decides to move to formula/combo/EBF, I will support her unconditionally – feed that baby!!!

  2. Diana says

    Hi Kate,
    You have just explained exactly what my daughter and I are going through. She just turned 11months and she is exclusively breastfed at this point with one or two little meals a day but not every day. A lot of people always seem bewildered and perhaps even bothered when they find out that she is mostly breastfed. She is my first baby, so sometimes their looks or comments get to me. But it works for my baby and I, and we love it. Your experience makes me feel like I am not alone. Thank you!

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