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Oh my gosh, she stuck herself with a needle because she had a clogged duct??! People do that??[/b]
I think it was probably more like a milk blister, where a small part of skin grows over the opening of the duct on the nipple. If you stick it with a needle, it will open it up.
That was an interesting article, and in many ways, very true. It may be helpful to a lot of new mothers. I found some parts to be misleading to someone who doesn't know much about breastfeeding, like the part about formula, but that is her experience, so it's what she believes to be true.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)
Hmm, I have mixed feelings on it. Shes speaking from her experience, but in my world, before you write an all out article on something, you should make sure youve researched more than just your OWN experience.
I dunno, I got a little offended - particularly when it says something like "no offense to BFing advocates and LLL but if more moms knew what to expect"...
Um - who says LLL isnt telling moms what to expect? or BFing advocates? They ARE! Theyve got books upon books. Yet this mom says she didnt bother to read a "200 page manual in 2 days" until AFTER the birth. Doesnt sound like *that* is anyones fault but her own. Where was she when she was PG? Assuming she knew best & didnt need no stinking manual/information/book/education?
Maybe I'm just too easily offended today b/c Im tired & fighting off my third cold in 6 weeks lol. But it just blows my mind that shed imply that LLL & BFing advocates arent doing their job when she certainly didnt do what I would consider to be HER job BEFORE the baby came along. Thats like researching every car available, saving up to buy one, going out and buying it BEFORE even trying to learn how to drive it.
It would be fine if you didnt plan to drive it- but you do. Its arrogant to assume you know everything & a little education on the matter isnt necessary & that youll figure it out just fine b/c well - youre just good like that.
I dunno - I understand a lot of moms assume that BFing is natural so will come naturally - and thats fine. Our culture certainly doesnt say otherwise. But to somehow imply LLL & BFing advocates are witholding vital information at the expense of new mothers?!