WHAT TO EXPECT OF OTHERS AND YOUR BREASTFEEDING RELATIONSHIP

Breastfeeding is different for everybody.  It’s a love and passion for some, and for others it’s a means of good nutrition for their baby.  Breastfeeding doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  For those who are dedicated, to breastfeeding exclusively, I commend you.  It’s a difficult balance between family, self-care and baby care.  So many times we get opinions and even judgments from those around us. What is most important is to remain strong and true to your beliefs and desires.  If you and your partner have agreed to exclusively breastfeed or breast milk feed, or supplement with formula your baby than it is important that you are prepared for what you are going to tell people.   Everybody has an opinion.  And often people express those opinions.  And more often than not, it’s those that are closest to us.  Have you heard yet:
“Aren’t you going to give a bottle?  You know it’s nice for the baby’s father to help to you know”
“ How do you know how much he’s getting?  Don’t you think he should have some formula?”
“She’s crying all the time.  Maybe you don’t have enough milk”

People have good intentions when they offer their opinions; however that path paved with good intentions can put doubt in a new mom’s mind.  It’s YOUR breastfeeding relationship.  Not somebody else’s.  Some great reply’s to comments are:
“Her father really loves to give her a bath.  It’s their special bonding time” or “Her father is amazing and singing and rocking her to sleep.  That’s their special time”
“I know he’s getting what he needs because he’s relaxed after he’s finished”
“She’s crying because she’s having a growth spurt” “She’s crying because she’s tired” “She’s crying because she’s wants to be cuddled”

Remember, it’s about what is best for you and baby.  You were given a special ability that nobody else has.  The ability to know right from wrong and what is best for your baby.

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