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I really, really want to try to breastfeed this time. I have spent a lot of time lately talking myself into it. I really hate the idea of trying, but I want to give the baby the best and I want to get rid of some weight. With my daughter I tried for a minute. I was SOO uncomfortable even mentioning the word breastfeeding to people, let alone nurse around them. She didn't take to it, so I grabbed the bottle.
So I was thinking... would I be crazy not to buy any bottles in an attempt to force myself to breastfeed? Is this a horrible idea?
I feel somewhat alone in the way that I feel so uncomfortable about this.
Karen, no one can tell you how to feel about breastfeeding. It has everything to do with what you know, how you were raised, how comfortable you are with yourself...and no one should give you crap about this.
That said, breastfeeding really is meant to happen! Our bodies are designed for it - even if (American) society says we have to keep our boobies covered at all costs.
So I say, do what you are comfortable with. Breastfeeding is certainly best - both for mommy and baby - but millions of babies are given formula all of the time - none of whom subsequently go on to be serial killers.
If you really want to do this - there are plenty of women on here who can coach you through it. But honestly, if your heart isn't in it, its probably not going to work out for you. BF is a challenge - even for those who are supremely dedicated to it. Search your heart, decide what YOU are comfortable with - and don't feel guilty about it either way.