It just so happens that my Facebook news feed is flooded with all of this nonsense about formula samples right at the time my schedule tells me that we are due for a Motherhood and/or Multiple Sclerosis post. Fate? Perhaps!
My girlfriend recently commented on a status and that trickled it into my feed and I wish it wouldn’t have. Here is the title- Just Ridiculous: Giving New Mothers Formula Is Like Giving Trying-to-Quit-Smokers Cigarettes. I can honestly tell you that I cried while I was reading this because it just isn’t fair! I have Multiple Sclerosis just like the Sister in the article does so our sacrifice to bring such a blessing into this world is far greater than a healthy Mom’s is. She was paralyzed and I was damn near close to a wheelchair/walker.
It has been 1 year since I delivered and I am still recovering from my massive relapse. I couldn’t walk it got so bad but the pressure from society to breastfeed is just outrageous. I toughed it out for 4 months through steroid treatments, Copaxone and so many pump and dumps that I can’t believe I tried for so long. No one will ever make the same sacrifices for you like your Mother will.
The damage from my relapse is here to stay. I still have a hard time balancing, I can’t walk long distances, I get so fatigued that my muscles give out and I go from not having to poop to pooping my pants in 5 seconds. So I do not need anymore of this ridiculous arguing over breastfeeding or formula feeding! It is just like the cracked out argument of a SAHM and a Working Mom. The grass is ALWAYS greener on the other side guys!
I even did a review of this awesome pumping bra and their Facebook updates are a constant reminder of how I couldn’t do it. I hate it! I do understand why they advocate so hard but I just wish things could be more balanced across the board. People should focus on a positive way to encourage Moms to breastfeed instead of just saying, “Breast is best.” Formula is not the Devil and our babies aren’t going to end up with 13 toes because we didn’t breastfeed.
Breastfeeding is so much work but it is so rewarding so please don’t take your ability to do it for granted. I already know that when I have my next baby I will not be breastfeeding longer than a month- if I am that lucky. It breaks my heart…
If you find this post and you feel like leaving some hurtful comment or feel the need to judge a Mother who formula feeds their baby- MOVE ALONG!