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July 25th, 2009, 01:07 PM
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I breastfed and bottlefed my daugther. I plan to breastfeed this baby for the first year.

As a recent bottlefeeder/breastfeeder, I felt attacked on both sides.

Breastfeeding: When nursing in public, I would get dirty looks for people. I had support from my family, but not cheerleader support. More of an "Okay, if that's what you want." attitude. When I had problems with breastfeeding, formula was given to me immediately by the pediatrician without ever mentioning a lactation consultant or other alternatives.

Bottlefeeding: I felt so ashamed that I was bottlefeeding, I used to make the bottles before we went out so I didn't have to make the bottles in public. When preparing a bottle in public/at a get together, I would go to a private area and prepare the bottle.

It broke my heart to read "Breast is best!" bumper stickers and other breastfeeding propaganda. My daughter was healthy and loved and I tried. I felt like a terrible mother.
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