Sorry I've been MIA for so long. You know how it is--life and whatnot. Anyway, today is largely a rant. I've been feeling a little irritated with people. So if you get offended, I don't really care, and I don't want to hear anything from you about how offended you are. There are some times when you just have to get your real feelings out, and since this is my blog, I get to do that here.
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) just passed a resolution stating that pediatricians should no longer give out "gift baggies" full of formula, etc. Their reasoning? It might have a negative impact on breastfeeding mothers. Well, no kidding! We all know that breastfeeding is best, but there are times in those first few weeks when we all think how much easier it would be to just formula feed. Giving a struggling mother formula "just in case" pretty much guarantees that she's going to use it. It's like having a pair of nasty tennis shoes in your purse when you've gone out wearing heels to a fancy restaurant. It would be a lot easier for a few minutes...until you realize you've ruined your outfit.
Another thing--I'm really tired of people who think that they are the exception to the rule. Breastfeeding takes a little effort, but it is THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS. The average person is made to breastfeed. You are not special. You were made to breastfeed, too. So was your baby. The sheer number of people who claim "Oh, I tried...it just didn't work..." or "I couldn't make enough milk..." or "My baby didn't like it..." is ridiculous! Don't give some BS excuse because YOU couldn't be bothered. Choosing to breastfeed is about putting your child's needs first. If you don't want to do that, so be it. Don't try to blame some outside force for your decision.
In the effort to be fair, there are some people who have trouble. Most of them can still breastfeed. The percentage of women who actually CANNOT breastfeed is less than 3%. So, again, you're probably not special. It's a pretty small chance that you're going to fall in that category.
Alright, guess I'm done for today. Alexander wants to play.
Have a lovely rest of your day!