From the featured blog, Throne of Thornes
Before I even got pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. It was cheaper than formula feeding, all those billboards I saw around town told me it would make my baby smarter, and, of course, it was “natural,” and, therefore, the easiest thing to do.
I wanted to make sure I was fully educated, so I went to a breastfeeding class at the hospital I was going to deliver at. The lactation consultant who taught the class believed formula companies were evil and said that breastfeeding would come easily for both mom and baby since women had been doing it since the beginning of time. I was worried about the possibility of a supply issue because I knew other women who had that problem. When a question about that was brought up in the class, the lactation consultant said there was no such thing as a supply problem. If you aren’t producing enough, breastfeed more and the problem will solve itself. Presto. She said that it created such a strong bond between mother and baby that a study about abuse that compared breastfed with formula fed kids found those who had been breastfed were never abused by their parents. I left the class steadfast in my decision to breastfeed and determined to make sure my baby was given back to me within twenty minutes after birth – when they have the strongest suck reflex I was told.
On message boards on the internet, I read women saying breastfeeding was hard, not so natural, and it didn’t always work. I thought they must be mistaken or selfish or didn’t try to make it work. I mean, this is how women always fed their babies before formula. How in the world could it NOT work?
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