You know the fad about nursing? You know how many advocates for breast-feeding there are? You’d be amazed. Well, I’m not one of them. I respect each women’s decision as to whether or not to nurse, and I guess I have to respect moms who nurse babies with teeth, walking, talking… going on 3 years old.
I had no big problem breast-feeding, no pain; but milk was not affluent because I also gave him formula to fill him up, so before he turned three months old, I was tired of being in PJ’s all day, feeding a hungry boy who needed me every 2 hours… and decided to stop cold turkey. I hated the pump too.
I just wanna say, I didn’t see any negative reaction, or any stress on his part. He actually preferred sucking the bib nipples because milk(formula) would really flow out. So, he wasn’t unhappy, neither was I.
I don’t think that breast-feeding advocates should put so much pressure on women. It’s important if you can and feel like it, but in order for the baby to be happy and healthy, the mom needs to be happy and healthy as well. I know plenty of children who were not fed any breast milk and they are very healthy. Nursing is not for every women, and I know a bunch who feel they are terrible moms because they didn’t breast-feed enough or at all. Ladies, get over that crap. That doesn’t make you a bad mother. You do as you please, just like breast-bearing women do.
I also didn’t like being pregnant that much, and would die before giving birth naturally, but that’s just me. I was not born to endure physical pain. Also, I think having a child is a sacrifice on your usual schedule, a priceless, joyful new journey, but definitely not an easy one. So, you might as well try to make the best of it when you can. When you are in the process of labor, doctors can help – and if anaesthesia was THAT bad for the newborn, you know how prohibited it would be. It’s your call, I just don’t want you to let yourself feel guilty with your own perspective out of reading biased literature.
Whatever you do, do it with love.