Dealing with unsupportive family
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August 23rd, 2008, 08:06 AM
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Ahh, that sucks that your family is so negative towards breastfeeding. I was lucky that all sides of my family were super supportive. My MIL had your problem, though. Her mom was MEAN about her wanting to breastfeed. In fact, she would bring a bottle of formula whenever she had to visit her mom, so that she wouldn't know she was breastfeeding. She didn't let her mom know she was doing it. And the sad thing is, her mom was only 1 semester away from being a medical doctor! Now, I don't recommend that you go to that extreme of keeping it a secret, but I just wanted to give you a story to let you know your family isn't all that unusual.
I think the best thing to tell them is the AMA recommendations. That, and I think you need to establish ground rules. Let them know that you're "not Aunt _____", "I'm going to do what
(and your husband) feel is best", and "If you can't support me in this, then I won't bring baby around."
Good luck! And I'm proud of you for sticking to your beliefs.
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