• Motherhood

    Why I gave up on breastfeeding

    Before I became a mom, I always assumed I’d be breastfeeding my future child. Sure, it’s hard for some people, I thought.┬áBut that won’t be me. Breast is best — I’ll make it work! How incredibly naive of me. When my son arrived almost six weeks early, the lactation consultant in the hospital encouraged me to try to nurse him, but explained that many premature babies have difficulty latching at first. And he did. But I was determined to give my baby the best. I spent hours feeding him with very little success, sleeping only about 45 minutes between nighttime feeds. I did this until I was chastised by one…