Milk that is MILK: What You Should Know Before You Decide NOT to Breastfeed

Breastfeeding is important to me. Why is it so important?  Because I work with a lot of women who have don’t have a lot of money or resources.  Do you know how I know they don’t have a lot of money?  Because I don’t have a lot of money, and I make decent money and work six days a week.  It amazes me that so many women choose not to try breastfeed when it’s FREE. Besides being free, breastfeeding is so much better for you and your baby.  I think most people are aware of this, but they choose formula because they have a belief that it’s more convenient.

Breastfeeding is hard. As women, we associate breastfeeding with being natural…so is has to be easy, right?  The baby is going to pop out of your who-ha and come to the breast and it’s going to be this magical moment.  Wrong!  Breastfeeding is usually difficult (at first).  It takes a lot of patience, practice, and perseverance to succeed.  But if you don’t give up, breastfeeding will eventually become the easiest thing you ever did…way more convenient than bottle feeding your baby.

Let me make one thing clear: unless there’s a medical issue preventing you from breastfeeding, breastfeeding is hands-down the better choice for your baby. There really isn’t anything to debate about in regards to the benefits of breast milk over formula. Having said that, women should make decisions that are best for them and their families. When talking about something as critical to your baby’s health as breastfeeding is, this decision should be made carefully. It should be an educated decision. Women should have up-to-date, accurate, and complete information when making such a decision. We shouldn’t judge people for the decisions that they make, not because women have a right to choose, but because if you do, you’re just a jerk. But we also can’t pretend that formula is the same as breast milk, because it isn’t.

If you have been educated on the benefits of breastfeeding, and you still decide not to breastfeed, that’s okay. That’s your breast, your baby, your decision. As a nurse, it is my duty to tell you—If you don’t have a medical reason contraindicating you from breastfeeding, I encourage every single woman out there to breastfeed at least the first feed. I won’t spout off that it’s this magical experience. I won’t tell you about the bonding. I won’t start listing the dangers of formula. I will only say this: the moment we become mothers, we do a million selfless things for our children. Let this be one of them.

Until my next delivery ❤

3 thoughts on “Milk that is MILK: What You Should Know Before You Decide NOT to Breastfeed

  • January 14, 2014 at 1:09 am

    I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do as a labor nurse! I remember fondly every nurse who helped me through my labor experience and you guys are absolutely amazing at what you do!

    • January 14, 2014 at 1:21 am

      That is so nice to hear! I love when I hear that people had good experiences with during their labor and delivery. It’s so important since it’s such a special time in your life! xx

  • July 15, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I tried so very hard to get this exact point across to my baby sister when she had her first baby this past winter….if she would just stick with it through the “hard” part, it would become a snap and like second-nature. She just couldn’t/wouldn’t get to that point. Breaks my heart, but I try to keep that to myself. Thank you for supporting breastfeeding like you do!


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