I always hear this on cafemom breastfeeding posts (like the food stamps one today). I understand some women have medical issues, but seriously, how many women aren't capable of breastfeeding?
I'm not judging/debating anyones decision to not breastfeed. I'm just wondering how much truth their is to this claim. From what I've read, it is uncommon for women to be unable to breastfeed and some issues can be resolved or worked around with a feeding system.
Were you physically capable of successful breastfeeding?
Only group members can vote in this poll.
45% - Yes, for as long as I wanted
4% - Yes, but my supply dried up when I went back to work
32% - No, I was unable to successfully breastfeed, but I tried (or knew I wouldn't be able to due to some medical issue)
6% - I never tried and/or had no interest in trying
For my oldest I only pumped. I was like a dang dairy cow and had lots of milk saved up. With dd2 I'm doing fine at exclusively breastfeeding. She's only a week and a half old, but so far so good lol. It's actually a lot easier than I thought. It makes me regret not doing it with my first.
I was unable to successfully breastfeed. I was devastated. I loved doing it and felt so defeated when I had to stop. My problem was the fat content in my milk. I worked with WIC, lactation consultants, and my doctor. I tried so hard, but I can't make my boobs do something they don't want to. At 2 months old my son, who was born a little over 7 lbs, was in preemie clothes. He had just gotten up to his birthweight after I started to supplement with formula. Once I switched completely to formula, he thrived for the first time ever! Since that point he made it to, and stayed at, the 50th percentile at every check-up.
I love my baby boy and wanted to give him the best, for him that meant drinking formula. I produced large quantities also, it was just all the watery foremilk.
I had twins and I breast fed! It's possible if you dont have a life! <3 lol!! it's hard work, motherhood isn't easy, but if people don't want to breast feed and pay $20 a can for formula, their money.
But if a mother isn't producing enough breastmilk, I would rather her use formula than to let her child starve! It's like some people don't think about that, they just sit on their highhorse with their saggy tits!