Ok I know we hear about all the time about learning to breastfeed(no this is not a rant against bfing), but to be honest I had an easier time finding help to breastfeed then in learning how to bottlefeed. I mean there's the basic stuff on how to mix it that's written on the can but I mean the more complicated stuff. Things like sterilization what it is and how often you need to do it or even how, or how long is the formula good for.
I know now but it was kind of a combo of the similac website and trial and error because I was one of the first in my family to bottlefeed since 1965 and the breastfeeding rate around here is 80%.
My Mother could show me latching and how to nurse a baby under a t-shirt and not look like your doing that but couldn't tell me if you could wash bottles in the dishwasher(I get frustrated because my MIL still takes them out of the dishwasher because she doesn't think they can). It get's out that I'm a bottlefeeder and it's like I'm a curiousity. I mean the conversation generally goes like this when like ladies from church come over: "So how's bfing going?" "We're bottlefeeding actually." and then they get a slightly confused kind of why look on there face and say "oh why?" and then you have to go into your medical history(which is bad when a main reason you stopped bfing is a painful letdown reflex). I'm not saying I mind it sometimes I just wish there was a bit more support or at least company in this because every now and again it does get a little lonely.
I guess what I'm getting at is am I just rare or possibly especially clueless with learning how(not sure if I want to hear that answer but I'm willing to admit it's a possibility)? And did anybody else have an experience at all similar or do I just live in the strangest place in the world?
P.S. Sorry it's late and I know I should be asleep but I just needed to get that one out.Answer Question
I don't understand why ANYONE would be questioning you period. You don't have to constantly repeat your medical reasons, it's none of their business. I guess it's not so strange since that many mamas there breastfeed but you don't have to explain yourself. Here, everyone I meet bottle feeds so there is very little support about breastfeeding through regular people. It took me quite a bit to figure out what formula worked best for my little ones, and how to clean the bottles, and how to position the bottles properly while they were feeding. It's kind of scary at first. Here you should get some help though, this is where I will be coming for breastfeeding advice for the next baby.
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