You have to really want to do it.
This is a time in your life when there is something that is more important that yourself or your inadequate feelings about your breasts, or absurd ideas that formula is “just as good”
This is a time where doing what is best for your baby should take precedence! Going for second best is just an excuse.
I know there are medical reasons you may not be able to breastfeed, and thank goodness there is formula for that reason. That’s the only reason it should ever be used. Our bodies were meant to give birth, and our breasts were meant to give nourishment.
Here is the exact release from the Surgeon General:
Surgeon General Outlines Steps Needed to Increase Breast-Feeding
The Surgeon General issued a report late last week outlining steps that should be taken to increase breast-feeding in the U.S.
Among the recommendations for healthcare providers and hospitals:
- Distribution of infant formula in ambulatory care facilities and hospitals should be monitored and limited to prevent its overuse.
- Follow-up support of breast-feeding should be integrated into postpartum care after hospital discharge.
- Clinicians should receive better — and earlier — training in lactation support and breast-feeding.
- As a standard of care, midwives, obstetricians, family physicians, nurses, and pediatricians should ensure continuity of care for pregnant women and mothers-infant pairs in the first 4 weeks postpartum. This includes providing prenatal counseling on feeding, monitoring neonatal weight gain, and establishing a referral program for lactation consultants.