Then one day, about 2 months in, I sat on the phone with my best friend and I asked her one more time “Is it okay if I stop? Will she be okay? Will she be healthy? Will she grow?” My friend assured me that my daughter would be fine and I would be a much better as a mom if I wasn’t so unhappy and in so much pain. Something clicked and I stopped.
Breastfeeding is a challenge, the most beautiful experience, the only way to feed your baby, impossible, painful and blissful. All of those things are true. It makes me sad when I hear women degrade other women who bottle feed. It also hurts me to hear people complain about the woman who is breastfeeding in a public space. Neither one is motivated by anything but love and a desire to feed their child. That’s the bottom line. I have no regrets about making the switch to formula…breastfeeding my first child didn’t work for me. I feel no more connected to my youngest child, who breastfed successfully. I love them and am happy that they have both grown into smart young girls. That is how I know I am really a mother.
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