Do people get kickback when you say NO to breastfeeding?

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Cecilia posted this 08 December 2019

I'm not breastfeeding due to personal reasons. I want to punch people when they tell me WHY "I'm wrong...and should breast feed." 

What is an appropriate response? 

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Tiana posted this 24 February 2020

I would response with it is NONE of their business and turn it around on them and make them feel like the idiot for asking. 

Meona posted this 24 February 2020

People can be so insensitive about breastfeeding. You need to do whatever is best for you and your baby. I unfortunately ran out of milk before my little guy was even 3 months. I was often scolded by my mom, the NICU nurses and definitely the Breastfeeding coach. If anyone gives you problems, tell them to offer up their nipple and they'll leave you alone

Veronica posted this 23 January 2020

Nonya...😂   Are they asking just to be nosey or is this a situation where they see you prepare a bottle with formula?  If its a natural conversation where they see you prep the bottle, just say that you are doing what is best for your baby.  Try not to let it get to you

Eliza posted this 21 January 2020

My firstborn was born in a hospital that had a no artificial nipple policy. It was my first child and I was young so I didn't know any different. But within 4 hours of nursing I was already cracked and bleeding. My mom was like, this is ridiculous! So she asked the nurse for a binki, the nurse snuck us one and said "do not tell the lactation nurse you got this here!" haha. Who ever thought of a binki as contraband. Now on my 4th kid I'm going to do whatever I need to do to keep my mental health intact. 

Hazel posted this 21 January 2020

I didn't breastfeed. I was 18 when I had my first child and I was scared to have to be his source of food. I was in school and working within 2 weeks of giving birth. I was too poor to afford a machine or cooler to do it properly. He grew up healthy and strong despite not being breastfed. He also had the highest reading score his school had ever seen. He was reading a college-level by 6th grade.

I didn't breastfeed my second or third child either, this time, because I had a c-sections and was heavily medicated for weeks after her birth trying to heal. I didn't feel right about taking pain medication and breastfeeding. I choose the bottle... also dad was able to get up in the middle of the night with the bottle. 

I will likely breastfeed this final baby. Only because I work from home, and can afford the equipment I need this time. I'm also planning on all-natural water birth and will not be medicated. 

My sister exclusively breastfed her son, she never introduced a bottle. The boob on tap was the only source, it was very difficult to babysit while she was out. Our last baby will be breastfed but also be introduced to the bottle so someone can feed the baby while I'm away.

Do whatever you want for your own reasons. Your baby will be happy and healthy no matter your choice. Don't let people make you feel bad for it either. That is the great thing about parenting... we all manage to figure it out. 

Ruby posted this 20 January 2020

I breastfed all of my kids and even I hate this!! I'm so sorry. I don't know why people feel like they have the right to say anything. It is hard, painful and I have a lot of friends that just don't like it.  A fed baby is best. Let me know if you come up with a good response, other than a punch to the face. lol

Chandra posted this 20 January 2020

Everyone has different reasons and some more personal or health related. It's rude to ask and rude to judge. I get the health benefits but not everyone is able. It also irritates me to hear the judgement. Breastfeeding is a huge sacrifice on the mother in so many ways. People need to stay off of others breasts!

Kennedy posted this 20 January 2020

That is so crazy to me! As long as you're feeding your baby no one should care. 

I wasn't able to breastfeed - I tried and failed miserably. When people question me I usually would just smile and say, "oh." That almost always stopped the conversation. 

rebecca posted this 08 December 2019

i was told before leaving the hospital by a nurse i asked for motrin before i went home "if you breastfed you wouldn't be in this much pain" all i said was "yea motrin or tylenol whichever" let them think what they want and say whatever at the end of the day its your body and baby, just say "thank you for that, it makes me feel great" or "do you feel better?" they'll stop lol 

ellalynn posted this 08 December 2019

I would still punch them lol. I get a lot of people pushing me to tell them why I'm not breastfeeding and I just flat out ignore them 

felicia posted this 08 December 2019

I would be quite frank with them and say it's none of their business.