- Family and Parenting
My First Breastfeeding Experience
Thirteen years ago I decided breastfeeding was the best option for my newborn son. Way back long before I had Internet access, I did extensive reach on breast-feeding at my local library, conferring with my doctor and speaking to a lactation consultant. I also gained a lot of knowledge on breastfeeding through feedback from other moms. The only mom I did not have this discussion with was my mom and unbeknown to me, breastfeeding was not what she had in mind for her grandchild.
At the hospital the nurses were very helpful with getting me stared with breastfeeding. My son was able to latch on and I became quite comfortable using the football hold; which is recommended to mothers with large breast. For the next five days I was so proud of the choice I made for my baby.
Then disaster struck. I left my newborn son in the care of my mother, while I made a quick run to my car. When I returned from my car, my mom was sitting in the rocking chair softly singing softly to her first grandchild. That would have been such a touching moment had it not been for the bottle of ready to feed formula she was feeding my baby.
My mom had been trying to turn me against breastfeeding ever since her arrival. She told me the baby looked like he had jaundice and he needed to be fed formula. She spoke of how lovely I turned out and I was fed formula. She thought he was a little small and needed formula. On and on she went but I wouldn’t change my mind. My mom finally understood why I felt breast milk is best for my baby. Don't let anyone bully you into changing your decision to breastfeed. I am now expecting my third child and will continue breastfeeding.