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"Some women can't breastfeed"
December 6, 2012 at 12:48 AM

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.
  1. 45% - Yes, for as long as I wanted
  2. 4% - Yes, but my supply dried up when I went back to work
  3. 32% - No, I was unable to successfully breastfeed, but I tried (or knew I wouldn't be able to due to some medical issue)
  4. 6% - I never tried and/or had no interest in trying
  5. 11% - Other...


  • Ninjascreenname
    December 6, 2012 at 12:49 AM
    It just doesn't work with everyone. Why can't people accept that?

    ETA: maybe some moms just choose not to. Choosing not to BF doesn't mean a mom is going to end up on every form of pa out there. I also was not referring to the OP in any way.

    Chill your biscuits!
    December 6, 2012 at 12:50 AM
    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.
  • mom2hadley
    December 6, 2012 at 12:51 AM
    I was able to breastfeed. My younger sister wasn't able to due to her blood pressure medication. She was devastated about it. She never produced any milk.
  • amandae21
    December 6, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    I think it's kind of like debating theology. It's a strong conviction on both sides.

    Quoting Ninjascreenname:

    It just doesn't work with everyone. Why can't people accept that?

  • outtamymynd
    December 6, 2012 at 12:53 AM
    No issues with any of mine.
  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1
    December 6, 2012 at 12:53 AM
    I had to pump then just switched to formula.
  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    December 6, 2012 at 12:54 AM
    With my first I ebf for 14 months until she self weaned. With my second I bf for 3 1/2 months then had to stop due to health issues and medicine.
  • Anonymous 3
    by Anonymous 3
    December 6, 2012 at 12:54 AM
    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.
  • inthestars711
    December 6, 2012 at 12:54 AM
    I breastfed for as long as I could which was 5 months, then out of nowhere my supply had like dried up overnight.

    I will also breastfeed for as long as I can with DS2 who is still cooking :)
  • MJuliet
    by MJuliet
    December 6, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    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!

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