So apparently it’s World Breastfeeding Week. I do think that we tend to over-do these so-called, special weeks, days, etc., but this one hit home for me. I have been successfully breastfeeding Violet for the three short months she has been earth-side and I can honestly say that I look forward to almost every single feeding.
There is a lot of literature out there that talks about breastfeeding, and lots of opinionated mamas on the subject (for good reason!). The unfortunate thing is that it tends to get a bad reputation. I’m not talking about the fact that some of our society thinks breastfeeding is “weird” or “gross” (that’s a whole other issue), I’m talking about the negative aspect that we mamas tend to focus on and bombard expecting mothers with.
I was overloaded with breastfeeding tips when I was pregnant with Violet. Most of them were bracing me for the fact that breastfeeding is hard and can be very painful. I heard about the horrors of clogged milk ducts and mastitis, and had pretty much expected it to be a horrible experience. I talked to women who tried breastfeeding but it just didn’t work out, and women who blistered so badly initially, that they dreaded every feeding.
I was prepared for the worst.