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June 18th, 2014, 01:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Delaware (the state!)
It is so hard not to feel guilty about many decisions as parents, but we have to remind ourselves that what is good for one baby and mama, may not be good for another. I was only able to BF DD1 for 3 weeks, and it was really mostly pumping and bottle feeding, but that got to be so exhausting that I just didn't want to spend my entire maternity leave trying to BF, pumping, being exhausted and not enjoying my baby. DH and I talked it through and we made the decision together. It was hard for me, because like you said, you feel so guilty, I cried too.
With DD2, she was a great nurser, but my skin couldn't handle it, no matter what I tried. Her latch was great, but my skin hated me. I was able to BF her for a week longer than DD1, so I decided to count that as an accomplishment and tried not to feel guilty, but I still did. I think that is what makes us mother's, feeling guilty when something we want so badly for our children, doesn't go the way we think it should or wish it would.
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