Even among friends, breastfeeding can be a challenging subject. Many women do battle to even be able to breastfeed, or the stigma of choosing not to breastfeed at all (which is fine, don't let the haters tell you otherwise), regardless of what you choose, we all grapple with deciding what is right for us and our babies. However, just because something is controversial doesn’t mean we should avoid the topic altogether. How do you think Donald Trump gets so much airtime? Errr, um, breastfeeding. We were talking about breastfeeding. Anyway, there are many different views on breastfeeding, and people who feel strongly on both sides of the issue. However, the choice about whether or not to breastfeed is an incredibly personal one that each woman needs to make for herself. Period.
I consider myself lucky to have been a breastfeeding mom. Many of my friends have struggled through it with me and many have struggled with their feelings about being unable to. I’m very aware that it’s not an easy thing to do and that there are some nearly impossible aspects of it (some women like to sleep for more than a few hours at a time, I’ve heard). So, for me, breastfeeding helped to open my eyes to both sides of the argument. I loved the experience I had but also realize how valid the argument is for women who choose not to. Again, her body, her choice.
But the bigger issues of breastfeeding aside, there were some small things I was able to experience during my time breastfeeding my once-baby that I wouldn’t have been able to live without.