Friday, March 28, 2014

For Some Women: Breastfeeding Sucks

Somewhere out there, silently drowning in the "breast is best" hype, the mommy shaming, and the pressure to give their child every possible head-start in life, is a segment of new mothers who are utterly struggling in a nightmare of trying to breastfeed. I know because I'm one of them. Often the limit of the support they receive begins and ends at a well meaning but unhelpful suggestion to talk to a lactation consultant or join a support group. The implication being that if they just connected with the right piece of magical advice it would all snap into place. That's not always the case, and the implication that absolutely anyone can breastfeed successfully with the right amount of effort is harmful. Here's my story.