In my 3 and a half years of breastfeeding 6 months of that tandem nursing. I’ve heard sooo much crap over the years, I’ve finally learnt to let it roll off my back but comments can cut like knives to a new mum just starting her breastfeeding journey and people really need to stop and think of the impact it has.
I’m finally at the light at the end of the tunnel so I want to share my experience and hope I can help other Mums get to the light, because there’s no lie that getting through those dark nights when you’ve taken on the sole feeding responsibility is a tough one.
Before I became a mum I was asked a few times by different people if I was going to breastfeed or bottle feed. My answer was always breastfeed, If I can. Breastfeeding for me did not start off easy. Like many MANY mothers it’s not easy. My son fed basically non stop (nothing changed until I weaned him 2 months ago at 3.5) and I even had the midwives comment and say “Feeding again?!?!” Everytime they popped their heads in. I thought “Oh and I not meant to be feeding again?
All the negative comments came right from my very first breastfeeding problem. Mastitis when my son was 7 days old. I pushed myself to get through because I didn’t want to quit. Then came the sleepless nights, he woke 20 minutes to 1.5 hours EVERY NIGHT. I literally went crazy. Not even kidding. One night I actually googled if you could die from sleep deprivation.