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06/19/2009 at 12:30 PM ET

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Anon on

I find it really funny how these days everyone wants to give their child a unique name, but people still end up following a trend. You need only look to your left…10 years ago Emma, Ava, Noah and Jackson would have stuck out but not anymore! I’ll admit that I want to give my child a unique name, and I think that naming legacy thing is silly. I have a very unique name for the country I live in and its really only helped me in my life. I would hope the man I had chosen to have a child with would be invested in my child whether they shared a name or not. Orrr hows about getting married??

Lizz on

Can I just comment that it is weird that they say “If you want to breastfeed in this culture, you need to be prepared.”?? It is the most natural thing in the world to nurse. I think it is sad that more women do not have the support and education they need to nurse their babies.

Rach on

Lizz,I agree with the comment,you do need to be prepared.I had preeclampsia and I had to be on medication for a while after I had my son.It had stunted my milk production and amount. When I finally got my milk production up (with the help of pumping at the hospital) I was super excited. Then I got home and realized that my baby was not as hungry as I expected and the hospital grade pump was no longer available to me.I was told that I had to try to keep up the milk production and just pump and store. We burned through a whole bunch of pumps,but nothing came nowhere near the hospital medela. I remember being in so much pain,I would sit in baths and my husband would get a glass and he would help me try to manually squeeze the milk out of the swollen ducts that the pump was not draining.My husband went out and bought one of the hospital grade home ones, but it was not the same as the unit. I eventualy got sick and I could not nurse,so I had to just pump and discard when I had the strength.Which lowered my milk production a lot until it decreased so much that I would breastfeed and pump and at most get about 10 ml. The whole situation was so stressful.

Also, some of these breastfeeding supporters are a bit much for me.My son was underweight and in the NICU,my milk had not come in and all these breastfeeding supporters kept pressuring me to “just keep trying to breastfeed”,even though my milk had not come in. My son’s sugar kept dropping and dropping and me being impressionable and not knowing any better just believed them wholeheartedly and just kept trying.My poor child had to endure being priced in the feet and bled into a testube by means of squeezing just to check his sugar levels.I finally said enough after a few days and gave him a bottle of formula and the prickings stopped and my child was more content and it was the first time since he was born, that I had slept and eaten soundly.

I will try to breastfeed again with my next child.This time though, being much wiser,and knowing better to deal with the intimidating staff.

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