Feeling good about how we feed our babies

It’s not all bad news

These bad feelings are not inevitable!

Sometimes everything goes to plan

Breastfeeding came naturally to Pam:

“I was so fortunate that breastfeeding mostly just worked from the beginning. My daughter grew quickly, I enjoyed nursing her, and through no skill or particular perseverance of my own, my supply was great. I ended up tandem nursing until my oldest was 34 months old, and am still nursing my second.”

Moran felt that formula feeding was right for her family:

“I was always fairly certain I would formula feed. After trying out breastfeeding, we decided we would formula feed and never looked back. It was a good choice for us.”

We might also feel good about overcoming difficulties:

Edna breastfed for 15 months after a rocky start

“I had so many problems at the beginning but when it clicked it was lovely. I was proud of myself, yes. I did something that was difficult for me.”

(Photo by Julie Johnson on Unsplash)

And when things don’t end up as planned,

how we treat each other can make a huge difference.

A supportive midwife helped Maya come to terms with combination feeding when she originally wanted to breastfeed:

“The lactation specialist was incredibly supportive and helpful in discussing ways to maximize my milk supply and manage breastfeeding while supplementing with formula. Although it took me a long time to come to terms with this, the midwives who visited in the first couple of weeks were wonderful. One in particular brought my spirits up with her constant reminders that babies thrive because of a whole multitude of things that we do as parents, not just what and how we feed them. My partner was also incredibly supportive and patient. Something that really helped me to feel better about our situation was seeing how much he enjoyed feeding our baby.”

(With a friend): Each write down three words or phrases that describe your feelings about feeding your baby. Swap lists. What do you have in common? What are the differences?

(On your own): Pick out three of the stories from parents. Choose ones that matched your own experience or surprised you. What would you say to each parent? What do you wish someone had said to you?

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