Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this blog are solely the opinions of the author, and are no way the opinions of the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
I am all for personal choice, but hear me out. As a mother, I want nothing but the best for my son. For me, this meant breastfeeding. I am currently training with the Australian Breastfeeding Association to become a Community Educator. My goal is to raise awareness about breastfeeding being the NORMAL way to feed a baby and child. My particular focus will be on connecting with ‘young’ mothers and letting them know that breastfeeding is not ‘gross’ or ‘sexy’ but is perfectly natural. If I can help one person decide to breastfeed or help someone continue their breastfeeding journey, then I will be happy.
Personally, I do not ‘get’ the whole idea of bottle-feeding being ‘easier’ than breastfeeding. In my own opinion it’s only ‘easier’ because you can get someone else to do it for you! I am not trying to start a war, simply stating my opinion. Women have been breastfeeding for thousands of years, without the use of bottles or ‘artificial baby milk’. Just because we can choose this option to nurture our children does not mean we have to, or should. I know there are women out there that, for one reason or another, cannot breastfeed and my heart truely goes out to them. For me breastfeeding has been such a wonderful journey, and one I will continue to enjoy for many months to come.
Like all things worth doing, breastfeeding may not be easy to start with, but is so worth it in the long run. For Ryder and I, it took DAYS to get breastfeeding to work for us, trying all sorts of positions and techniques. After many tears of frustration and guilt on my behalf, we made it through the first few days, and every feed has just become easier and more enjoyable ever since. Please, if you are still in two minds whether or not to breastfeed, at least give it a go. Even that first bit of colostrum will be worth more than gold for you newborn. After all, it’s only natural.