It isn't often that I get on a soapbox, but when I do it is only because I care very passionately about something... Right now obviously I care a lot about infants, and their health.
This isn't a place where I feel like I need to push my beliefs on someone else, but in all honesty this is my piece of cyberspace, and mine only. If you don't like breastfeeding that is your prerogative, and if you don't want to hear about it, well then don't read... BUT if you continue on, I don't want to hear about the benefits of formula feeding, or for someone to think I am complaining. I am merely stating the facts based on my current situation.
I just don't understand how people don't understand how much breastfeeding takes out of a mother - emotionally and physically.
Emotionally - if things don't work out and you have set your mind to it, it can be a tremendous let down. As a woman you have things in mind that WILL work out, and that is how things are supposed to happen! If they don't then it becomes a let down. I am glad this isn't something I have had to deal with. But I am emotionally involved with breastfeeding Kenzee. There is no one else who can do that for me. Yes, I can pump and Kenzee could receive a bottle, but then what are the benefits (other than nutrition) for me to continue breastfeeding. I don't want to be attached to our pump. It is an awesome invention when necessary, but for our situation this isn't necessary.
Physically - Let's not even get into the nitty gritty of breastfeeding, but the nutrients have to come from somewhere, and all to often leaves my body feeling depleted... WAY depleted... And we must remember this is all on demand...
Let's only look at the average facts here:
- Kenzee eats an average of 6 times a day
- Each of those feedings takes an average of 15 minutes
- Kenzee has been nursing for over 6 months now, but for a round number let's look at 6 months of breastfeeding, or 182.5 days
- That equals 1095 feedings at a minimum since she has been born
- Totaling 16,425 minutes of her nursing
- That makes 273.75 hours of nursing
- Totaling 11.41 DAYS in 6 months nursing
- Totaling a bit over 6 working days...
So as you can see at 6 months I have spent almost 2 weeks feeding Kenzee. What other one activity have you spent almost 2 weeks doing in the last 6 months? And to look at 2 weeks - that is the average time most people get for VACATION (actually 10 days) at work...
Now tell me how come people don't understand why it can be stressful, draining, and so rewarding all in one?