A new mom finds her whole world turned every which way with the arrival of her new baby. She has so many decisions to make, one of which is whether or not she should breastfeed her baby. In the past few years, there have been contradicting reports on the pros and cons of breastfeeding. Perhaps the latest study only adds to that confusion.
The question of whether or not to breastfeed a newborn baby is a personal one that should be left up to the new parents. Unfortunately, some activists on both sides of the issue have been using social media to shame new moms regardless of their decision.
Believe it or not, some people have used social media to harass new moms who choose to breastfeed their babies. Some of them refer to the social norms of the day, saying that breastfeeding is offensive to others or family members should not be exposed to it and even some claim that with the improvements in modern formulas, breastfeeding is not necessary.
A growing number of moms these days have careers and find it difficult to impossible to breastfeed while working. Some choose to pump their breasts and store the milk for later feedings, but that is also not always convenient. In the news broadcast they interviewed one new mom who said breastfeeding was one of the hardest things she has ever done. My wife was shocked. She breastfed both of our daughters and didn’t see anything hard about it. She did have a difficult time getting our one daughter to breastfeed, but that was due to the nursing staff giving the baby a bottle just before bringing her in to my wife. They were told not to feed the baby, but did so anyway. However, my wife continued to try and it didn’t take that long for our daughter to feed. She also says it was not only easy to breastfeed, but one of the most pleasant and memorable parts of having a new baby.
Making the decision to breastfeed is a personal and important decision. Before making that decision, a new mom should talk to her husband and doctor and then pray about it. The only thing I can add is that God designed women to breastfeed their children and no person or study knows more than the Creator does.