This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. All opinions are 100% mine.
When Is It OKAY to STOP Breastfeeding?
It’s time to be brutally honest; breastfeeding sucked for me (no pun intended). With my Sawyer, who was in the NICU, I had NO support or information, NO milk supply, and was not allowed to let him latch at all. I stopped trying after a week. With my Priscilla, who was born via VBAC, I was determined to try everything to make breastfeeding work. I had armed myself with all of the knowledge needed and a support system, too. And I tried everything – from the brutal pumping routines to a supplemental nursing system. And ultimately ended up nursing her with lots of formula supplementation until she was 8 months old. Then, with my J.C., who was also in the NICU, I was determined to NOT stress about breastfeeding. I tried the pumping routines for a couple weeks, but decided to stop that exhausting process when it was clear that my milk supply would once again be an issue and the stress started to take away from my relationship with my little guy. So even though this post is sponsored by SIMPLY RIGHT™ Infant Formula, it is by no means biased by that fact – It is simply based on my own personal experiences – my own struggles – as a breastfeeding and formula-feeding mama. I just want to offer some comfort and support to those moms – like me – who need to stop breastfeeding for whatever reason.
Things to Consider When You Stop Breastfeeding
I knew there must be other moms out there who had trouble breastfeeding or even who didn’t have trouble, but had to stop for some reason or another. Here are a few things to consider to get over the guilt from a few mama friends who’ve been there!
Think of the Good You Have Already Done! – “I have had to stop twice. With my second daughter she was allergic to something in my diet and we couldn’t figure out what. She was only three months old and I was devastated. I remember talking to the nurse and I started crying on the phone. She gave me great advice. She said, ‘Think of the good you have already done for her by breast feeding her these three months. Don’t feel bad. She will be just fine!’ That really helped me get through the guilt of having to stop.” Karyn of Teach Beside Me
Is It Worth the Stress? – “Breastfeeding was never right for me. While the nurses and doctors stress that it’s ‘best,’ if you’re annoyed or frustrated at having to do it, the baby will sense that too. I found bottle-feeding to be just as wonderful a bonding experience, and one that my husband could participate in too.” Emma of P is for Preschooler
Is It Physically Painful? – “The common response from many health professionals if you tell them that breast feeding hurts, is to tell you you aren’t doing it right. It is true that if a baby doesn’t latch on properly it can be very painful. And sometimes not latching on is due to the baby not being held in the right position. But there are other reasons. For example no one ever told me about tongue tie. This is a condition that can effect as many as one in ten babies and yet its not mentioned in the breast feeding classes, and when I complained that breast feeding hurt, at no point did anyone check whether Goblin had tongue tie. Breast feeding can also hurt because of cracked nipples, mastitis, thrush, or milk blisters. And it can hurt because your baby chomps. It is implied in much breast feeding literature that these things only occur in the early days of breast feeding. This is simply not true.” The Monko of Taming the Goblin
Is It Affecting Your Relationship with Your Baby? – “While I was able to successfully nurse Priscilla for 8 months (with formula supplementation), the long process at each feeding of breastfeeding, then supplementing, then pumping became exhausting and led me to almost resent the entire experience (and dare I even say resent my baby?!) instead of appreciate it. I learned from that experience that I didn’t want to have the same frustration and resentment with my next child, J.C., so I stopped before it got to that point.” Krissy of B-Inspired Mama
It’s OKAY to Use Formula – Really!
Infant formula ended up being a necessity for each of my 3 babies. It was a lifesaver actually. (Especially for my Priscilla when she had severe jaundice and needed nutrition that I couldn’t give.) And while I did have guilt at first, I can honestly say that I don’t anymore. I know that my babies will be okay having their formula nutrition. Especially since infant formulas are now so advanced.
SIMPLY RIGHT™ Infant Formulas (available at Sam’s Club) provide great nutrients for your baby and Clinically proven to support growth and development, now with Lutein for brain and eye health, too. And after spending so much on books and supplements and systems to help me breastfeed, formula feeding was actually pretty affordable! Check out the comparison of SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care Gentle® with another leading “gentle” formula…
But regardless of the formula brand, I’m here to tell you that IT’S OKAY TO USE FORMULA! For whatever reason works for you and your baby; there’s no need to feel guilty for your very personal parenting choice to stop breastfeeding.
Did you have to stop breastfeeding? Share your story in the comments below!
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