In many instances, breastfeeding is a luxury for women who are physically able and have a lot of time and support.
No, I didn’t write that, I never would. Kasey Edwards wrote this piece for DailyLife.com.au just posted this morning.
I get that some women can’t breastfeed. And in some unfortunate cases, women don’t try long enough and start a slippery slope of supplementing which does decrease supply. Many don’t feel supported or just don’t want to. It is a choice of course.
But for those who do fight tooth and nail to keep going despite many challenges, telling us it’s a luxury because we have a lot of time and support is very confronting and offensive.
I’m not alone in the challenges I have faced which include:
- Expressing round the clock for four weeks while my baby was in hospital.
- Battling breast thrust and mastistis for three months
- Keeping up supply through anxiety and immune problems related to coeliac disease and arthritis
- Feeding a baby with severe reflux, known as GORD, while he screams and arches his back, wanting more but it making him sick
- Restricting my diet to avoid foods that he is allergic to at the moment
All of this I have done to avoid paying $350 a tin for prescription formula. It’s not a luxury, I’ve fought very hard for it, and it is worth it, thank you very much.