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Obstacles to Breastfeeding

What Was Your Biggest Obstacle to Breastfeeding?

Wouldn't it be nice if we could replace the "breast is best" slogan with "breast is easiest"? While doctors, new moms groups, and even the government are quick to point out the health benefits of mother's milk, most first-time mothers can tell you that actually getting that liquid gold into a baby's mouth isn't always easy.

Today, US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will issue a report outlining steps "all sectors of the community" can take to remove the hurdles women face when trying to breastfeed during the first six months of a baby's life. While the new health care laws require employers of large companies to provide new moms with dedicated time and space for pumping (not including the bathroom), the nation's highest ranking medical professional says there are more obstacles to be cleared. Perhaps one of the first places she should look is the I.R.S.'s decision to tax breast pumps, rather than considering them a medical care expense.

What was the biggest hurdle you faced in nursing your tot?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
@lickety split, you're the ONLY other person I've heard of who had an emotional reaction to breastfeeding! It makes sense, since milk letdown means beaucoup hormones, but WOW. I am so sorry you had to go through that, but honestly, I'm relieved I wasn't the only one.
Syndrla Syndrla 6 years
Nursing twins made utilizing lactation rooms in public places a little more difficult, but my biggest challenge was when I went back to work. My milk supply decreased drastically, and I was afraid I would have to stop completely. But with the assistance of some lactation speciaslits I tweaked my pumping schedule as well as the bottle quantity and their daycare and was then able to nurse until they weaned themselves.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
i had an (apparently) pretty rare reaction to my baby latching on. i felt REALLY violent, like wanted to smash windows and break things. i had this guilt that breast feeding was a MUST, so i just did it through gritted teeth. and it wasn't until i was at a moms group, and i was discussing how i felt, that the woman leading the group said i should stop breast feeding immediately. as soon as she said i should stop my milk dried up. like within days. odd. as if i had given my body permission not to breast feed.
techkim techkim 6 years
I hated the nurses that said my 2nd son had to nurse before I was allowed to leave. I totally faked it because it was horrid there and I wanted to go home and figure out how my 2nd worked with nursing. The pooy guy was too tired to nurse the first 24 hours and the 2 weeks after I used a nipple sheild after figuring out why he wasn't latching.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 6 years
I found that in my area, there was a huge lack of support. As a new, young mom, I did all of the research I could, but it really didn't help when it came to actually having to do it! The first month of breastfeeding was the hardest for me, and I wish I had more support from my community to tell me that it was ok, and I would get through it. There were many times I wanted to give up during that first month. There needs to be an emphasis on education and support.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
My biggest obstacle: Postpartum depression. I didn't want to touch my baby, let alone breastfeed. Letdowns coincide with a rush of hormones, which would always leave me crying uncontrollably, sad and resentful of baby and angry at myself. And this happened every two hours! That was on top of a baseline of being extremely depressed! I breastfed for three months. Then Dad fed the baby while I took Zoloft and went to counseling and slept. It was just what I needed.
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