Written by Doctor G

Breastfeeding is Hard!

babynumber2at20weeksI believe in breastfeeding, for many women. I encourage my patients (and their parents) to do whatever they can to get babies some breastmilk. But lets be real here…

Breastfeeding? Is hard.

It’s awkward, somewhat painful and time-consuming. It’s also healthy for mom and baby and a great goal for new moms. As long as we don’t shame them when they struggle. Also, as long as we don’t shame them for actually breastfeeding, wherever they happen to be with the baby. So, in an effort to stop the breastfeeding shaming, I wrote for Huffington Post 66 Places Women Have Breastfed Without Incident, and Other Surprises. Let’s make breastfeeding a little easier where we can, OK?


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2 thoughts on “Breastfeeding is Hard!”

  1. I had to hop over to your site when I saw your Steelers comment on Salty Blonde:)

    Breastfeeding is hard, and society makes it harder sometimes. I think that support and realistic expectations are keys to successfully breastfeeding. Some moms expect breastfeeding to be easy and just come naturally. While that is true to some extent, it’s not always easy to get the baby to latch, have enough time, or produce enough milk.

    I love your article and hope that it’s an eye-opening to those who read it!

    PS–This comment was written as I was breastfeeding. With the support of family, friends, and my co-workers, we’ve made it 14 months.

    Tif @ Bright on a Budget

  2. Sometimes excruciatingly painful! (Memories of mastitis…) Also surprisingly difficult to get the latch right. And those little teeth from time to time. But beautiful and healthy and wonderful all the same.
    Thank you for this.
    I started nursing in private, primarily due to nursing challenges, and then came to resent it. My father-in-law was EXTREMELY uncomfortable when he realized that I was nursing across the room from him, well-covered.
    Nurse anywhere, ladies. It’s just a baby eating. Nothing to get uncomfortable about people.

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