Did you breastfeed? Did you feel supported (and no, I don't mean by your nursing bra)? Did you have to wean early or weren't able to breastfeed? Did you feel supported?
This happens to be a topic about which I'm very passionate. Even though maybe I don't want to write "breast" and "passionate" in the same sentence unless I'm crafting a romance novel.
I've had a pretty bumpy road with my three kids - all three of whom had breastmilk allergy, a rare sensitivity that some people don't believe exists. These are, of course, the same people who didn't have to watch my babies writhe from painful cramps, or change their diapers filled with fluorescent green poop and blood.
Sawyer was weaned at six months and I was devastated. Completely, utterly devastated. Clearly, I had failed as a mother. I mean, what's my job? Feed the baby! And I couldn't even do that.
Sage had the same symptoms and I weaned her at two months. Which also sucked, but I was more philosophical. Sawyer had done great on the prescription-only formula. I knew she would too.
As many of my regular readers know, I've been on an incredibly restrictive diet almost since X was born. No dairy, soy, wheat, eggs or oats. It's been difficult, as you can imagine, but I know X is my last and I was determined to nurse him. It's been worth it. It really has.
Now. There's been a lot of news lately about breastfeeding.
I was interviewed by a reporter for CNN and you can read her story here. I used a big word during my interview so I could seem smart and stuff.
I also wrote a post for the Orange County Moms Blogwhere I talk about why women need to stop judging each other and start working together when it comes to changing our society's view on breastfeeding.
I would love love love for you to share your comments or experiences. I wrote about my own experience with Sawyer when I was working for The Orange County Register back in 2004, if you're interested you can read it here.
Remember, we're all in this together.