When I was pregnant with Aedyn I stocked up on free samples. A lot of free samples. And I had more than a few formula samples. Different brands, different sizes. I asked for them all. I was afraid that either I wouldn't have enough milk or something would happen to and Jake wouldn't be able to feed Aedyn.
I threw them all out when we moved having never used or even opened a single one.
I had what I would call casual support, no one was ever overtly unsupportive, but I also never really felt like I had a cheering section either. It never really struck me as odd. Breastfeeding is normal and was thought of as normal in my social sphere. No one applauded me for making my own meals, so why should they when I feed my baby what they're supposed to eat?
With my experience with Lacatation Consultants I am quick to remind new nursing moms that the "experts" don't know everything even though they are loaded with a lot of great information. If it doesn't feel right or sound right, get a second, or third, or fourth opinion. If it does feel right, do a happy dance! Go with your gut and do what works for you and your baby.
That's why when I heard about Support With Integrity via The Breastfeeding BlogHop I jumped on board right away. I love that this targets those within the breastfeeding community. It reminds us that no matter the situation a Breastfeeding Mom needs support; it doesn't matter if Mom's breastfeeding only once per day and giving formula for the rest of the time, she's breastfeeding! Age, number of feedings, and other parenting beliefs aside, baby is getting Mama Milk!
Take a moment to read the pledge, go sign and steal the badge, it's worth the time!
Support With Integrity Pledge
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