Breastfeeding can be a hard, isolating, and emotional journey, which is why it's so important to have support. That's why Romper launched a Facebook breastfeeding community, Breastfeeding TBH — to help make feeding another human being with your own body a little easier. Every day readers ask questions because, let's face it, breastfeeding is complicated, and each week in Rack Facts, Romper speaks with a lactation consultant to answer as many of those questions as possible. After all, everyone can use a little expert help, especially when it comes to feeding your kid.
I breastfed my baby girl for nearly 10 months. The reason I switched to formula had nothing to do with my physical health, my milk supply, or my baby's demands. In fact, breastfeeding had been going supremely well, and there were no issues. Instead, I was simply ready to be done. I hated being used as a pacifier, I wanted my body back, and I was tired of my energetic baby using me as her water fountain, expecting me to leave one boob hanging out of my tank top all day for her to breastfeed from at leisure.
But try telling that to the judgmental moms. It's a tough world, motherhood, and people are quick to offer you their advice and judgment in the same breath, steadfastly refusing to believe that your choices make any sense. When it comes to breastfeeding, those issues seem to be compounded, filled with people who think they know everything and people who refuse to let you do things your own way.
One person you can trust on advice? An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). A member of Medela’s Clinical Education team, Maria Lennon, CNM, IBCLC, is answering your real breastfeeding questions on everything from vasospasms to lipase. At Medela, she develops breastfeeding educational materials for mothers and health care professionals, which means she really knows her stuff (and is all about empowering you to know it, too). You can find more information from Medela on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.