Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "july fifteen :: four weeks":
I think that giving up trying to breastfeed right now would be selfish. I can promise you that the discomfort will go away. If you are serious about giving him the best nutrition, then you should stop the bottle and formula feeding. Bottles need to go away so that you and him can be confident in breastfeeding.
If you do not like to feed in public, go to a non public place. used to go sit in the car if I was in a situation that made me uncomfortable. Bottom line.... if you want to breastfeed, then you can do it. It takes work, but you have to decide if you want to do what is best for your baby.
To whomever left me the Anonymous comment about taking away the bottle/formula, Mack has not had formula at all except for once in the hospital because he lost too much of his birth weight (we fed it to him via a medicine cup) and once at home because I was still worried about his weight just after getting home from the hospital. He has never had a bottle and any formula since then. There is nothing wrong with giving him formula to help him increase his weight. They weren't going to let me leave the hospital if he'd lost too much weight and he was already at the 10% maximum that they like.
I'd also like to know your opinion as to why you feel that if I were to stop nursing now (I didn't say that I was going to just yet, I'm still trying to decide what is BEST for MY family), that it would be selfish? How is stopping to nurse selfish if it's not working out or doesn't feel right for MY situation?
I do not think at all that I am a bad mother if I stop nursing. I couldn't get my older son to latch, even with the help of hiring lactation consultants, etc. It's just not for some people. I'm trying to decide at this point what will benefit my family and my child. If I choose to bottle feed my child breast milk OR formula, it'll be the right decision for us, whatever it is I choose, even if YOU think that breastfeeding is the only way that is best for MY child. His doctor and I have other opinions, and are entitled to them as well.
I turned out alright and I was bottle fed.
I am also not trying to justify to other people - I simply shared my opinion on MY blog, and wanted to know what worked/didn't work for my readers, to see if any of their advice would help me.
But dear anonymous, please share your thoughts again, I'm darn curious....
It's so funny how when someone leaves a comment that they are not proud of, they leave it as "anonymous" instead of sharing their name.... If you were so proud of breastfeeding, you'd have shared your information!
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