This month’s PAIL writing challenge/topic is on breastfeeding. Honestly, I know nothing about it. It looks easy but I hear it’s a challenge for new moms and sometimes doesn’t work.
In the perfect world, I would love to exclusively breastfeed as I’ve been reading the breast is best – whether valid or not. I like the idea of being able to have that specific one-on-one time with Roo when he/she is born that no one else can participate in. Sorry, MH! I’ll pump too though so you can feed Roo occasionally when I get out of the house for some alone time 🙂
I don’t have any criticism for women who voluntarily choose not to breast feed. I don’t believe their children will be any worse off than if they were breast-fed. I was never breast-fed, as far as I know. Being adopted at six weeks old, I always was bottle fed. And, darn it, I turned out perfectly fine! OK, maybe that’s why I didn’t become the pediatrician my dad hoped I would grow up to be 😉 Just kidding.
In all seriousness, I don’t believe that one is better than the other. The most important thing is that your baby gets the nutrients that he/she needs and is growing strong and healthy. How he gets his nutrients shouldn’t matter – we should be grateful that we live in a world where if nursing isn’t possible because of being a working mom or breasts that just won’t produce enough milk that we don’t have to rely on a wet-nurse or another mom and can turn to formula filled with good vitamins. I would much rather give my kid a bottle of formula than let some other woman nurse my child. But, what the heck do I know!?
I’m excited to try nursing. I hope it works and if it doesn’t I won’t beat myself up about it (too much). I’ll happily pass along feeding duties to MH 🙂