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after I nursed my son until he was three (through excruciatingly sore nipples the first six weeks) I fully believed that most women who chose not to breastfeed just didn't "try" hard enough or try for "long" enough. I was pretty judgmental about it, to be honest.
Fast forward to the postpartum period after having my daughter. I had been a Mothering/MDC reader for over 4 years. I know all the right answers, all the tricks. My baby lost over a pound of her birth weight. My milk barely came in. I did everything I knew, and still she lost weight. I saw three different LC's, went to breastfeeding support groups, pumped around the clock, made teas, downed tinctures, took homeopathics... I honestly wanted to give up. It was so hard to see my baby hungry. I was so tired. I will never, ever look at another mother judgmentally for giving up if she had an experience similar to mine. It was only by sheer determination and pride that I didn't give up. And a rocking support system in place encouraging me to keep up all the hard work. And being able to stay home longer than the standard 6 weeks. Another mama with a low supply without the support I had might honestly not be able to do it. So yes, if you have problems you should just "keep trying" but without knowing where to go for help or what to do, "keep trying" can be a lot easier said than done.
Wifey to Hubby, Mama to Boy (2004) and Girl (2009).