Breastfeeding is really great feeding methods for those who are willing and bale to do it. The reality, however, is that there are many women who can't or choose not to breastfeed for various reasons that arereally no one's business. But in an effort to expand minds and generate compassion, it's really important to discuss the many reasons a woman can't breastfeed. In doing so, maybe more women can be met with empathy and understanding for their situations and choices, rather than judgement or shame.
The "breast is best" mantra has infiltrated modern motherhood as the benefits of breast milk become more well known. Unfortunately, the pendulum seems to have swung too far in the sense that mothers are made to feel awful when they can't breastfeed. Recently, A mother whose infant died from severe dehydration felt pressured to breastfeed so much that she refused to give him a bottle of formula and didn't notice the signs of his dehydration. She reportedly had six risk factors for failed or delayed milk production.
Her story, and many others like it, are important because they can save lives. They also create a space for people to understand the many reasons a woman can't or shouldn't breastfeed. Here are nine reasons a woman might not be able to breastfeed or chooses not to.