Of course, you will hear from women who never had any trouble breastfeeding at all. In fact, it was "the most natural" thing these women have ever done. I am not exactly sure what the word "natural" means in this context and I'm sure most of them don't either. These women have sometimes forgotten how hard it can be to establish and continue breastfeeding or they are frenemies who want to demonstrate they are stronger, better, and more dedicated to their babies than you are. Some women genuinely want to be positive and encouraging and dismiss any issues they had as an exception or too embarrassing or negative to mention. They may even feel guilty or blame themselves for any nursing-related moment that wasn’t the picture of maternal bliss. If the atmosphere around breastfeeding were more sane and less emotional, more of these women would feel safe to speak informatively and openly about their experiences. Instead, valuable information is lost behind safe platitudes and clichés like “Oh, nursing was so wonderful!" or "It was an amazing bonding experience!”
Your friends and mother and doctor will tell you all the great stuff about breastfeeding – “It’s wonderful, soothing, magical, fun, natural, empowering, and so good for the baby!” This will easily convince you to breastfeed, but it may also set you up for a very upsetting experience. These well-intended advisors think, why be negative? This is why - when you expect a happy, loving experience and get a lot of very hard work, anxiety, and possibly some serious pain, you have been set up. Add to that a baby who isn’t gaining weight or even becomes dehydrated and you have yet another exclusively formula-fed baby and yet another woman who gets an understandably bitter taste in her mouth at the mere mention of breastfeeding.
This blog is dedicated to providing honest and thorough information about breastfeeding, which is much more difficult to find than it should be. Most expecting mothers plan to breastfeed because of general knowledge this provides optimal nutrition. Unfortunately, the details of how breastfeeding benefits both babies and mothers are often left vague or left out. Other important information is also frequently left out of advice given to expecting and new moms (or even lied about) - how tough it can be to establish and continue breastfeeding!
Breastfeeding Truth addresses aspects of breastfeeding that are rarely and poorly covered by most books, physicians, and advocates. First, it addresses the real problems that you may encounter as a bresatfeeding mom – everything from a dehydrated newborn and cracked nipples to nursing in public to pumping milk in a cold, dirty bathroom stall. This blog also provides an objective look the biology of breastfeeding and its effects on human health and development. Additionally, Breastfeeding Truth informs readers about important legal rights that protect breastfeeding moms, and how to help improve brestfeeding legislation in your state and across the nation.