As written by a mum who 'was' 100% sure she wouldn't breastfeed and then went on to breastfeed for two years
Because I was 100% sure I wouldn't breastfeed and then went on to breastfeed for two years I do find a lot of people want to know why I was so adamant that I wouldn't during pregnancy. I think my reasons might resonate with other people and they might just help a few consider it for their baby because, as a side note, it is the best thing I have ever done.
- In my twenty four years on this planet I had never ever seen a woman breastfeed before. Ever. Not in real life. Not in a movie. Not in a magazine. Never. Breastfeeding was completely and utterly abnormal to me.
- Anything I had ever heard about breastfeeding was negative. This relates to the above because it was all anecdotal. I had never actually spoken to someone who had breastfed which would have changed things greatly. The words I associated with breastfeeding were “sore” “starving” “clingy” and “weird”. I don't blame myself for buying in to any of those things because why wouldn't I? I had no reason not to and this was my only experience of the topic.
- The books I read, the clothes I bought the baby and pretty much anything baby-branded in some form seemed to refer to bottles. It might have been cute baby grows with bottle shapes on it or the baby in the soap we were watching. Bottles were portrayed as the normal way to feed a baby and I had no reason to rebel and do the “different” thing.
- Someone gave me a steriliser as a present. It was a lovely present and I didn't want to not use it. Something as simple as that was another reason to not even consider breastfeeding my baby.
- On three different occasions while I was pregnant women said to me that I should make sure that I am not “pressured to breastfeed”. This made me feel as though it was something that I should avoid. Something negative. Something dark almost.