If there are any moms out there who did not have any breastfeeding challenges, please show yourselves. I know you’re all out there, I just haven’t actually met any of you. Perhaps it’s because you’re all busy living your best lives. Seriously though, I’m legit happy for moms who didn’t, or who currently don’t, have breastfeeding struggles. I, personally, had my fair share of difficulties breastfeeding, which cultivated into some, um, interesting breastfeeding habits. Along with the guilt associated with struggling with breastfeeding, I started to wonder if my breastfeeding habits were "normal." Truth be told, though, there are plenty of breastfeeding habits that don't make you a bad mom, and no one should be made to feel bad for doing whatever it takes to feed their kid.
I was, thankfully, able to work through the most taxing of breastfeeding complications and, honestly, those initial hardships eventually turned into something lovely and wonderful that I share with my son. That doesn't, however, mean every moment of breastfeeding, for me, was bliss. Nope. Definitely not. If my breastfeeding experience was a relationship status on Facebook, I’d say “It’s Complicated.”
In the zillions and zillions of hours of breastfeeding, I fell back on a number of good, neutral, and not-so-good habits that got me through. Let’s take a look at some of the more questionable ones, shall we? And, for the record, let’s acknowledge that none of these will make any mother a "bad mother." We're all human; we're all trying; and I'd argue that if you're doing everything you can to do what you think is best for your kid, you're a great mother.