So, is guilt something that we "allow" to happen? How do you curve it?
I feel guilt about so many things. And I don't exactly know how to stop. We all know how much guilt there is surrounding trying to be a mama to babies that aren't with us anymore. Then there is guilt about being "good enough" ( a good enough wife, daughter, etc.).
As I make my way through this journey of being a parent to a living child, I've felt a lot of guilt about things (which I'm pretty sure is natural). You always second guess yourself-am I doing this enough? Is she getting enough of this? Am I reading her signals correctly? Is she happy? I"m only guessing that this gets harder as you go along because providing for an infant comes down to somewhat predictable things (food, change diaper, cuddle, etc. etc.)
But oh-I said it. Food.
I think I've mentioned before that I was not able to breastfeed.
And when I say "not able" I actually mean it-as in I HAD NO BREASTMILK. Not a drop. Not even like-oh, I had a low supply and had to supplement formula.
But I was still told, "You need to try harder!"
Um. Hello? Is this thing on? Did you hear me? I don't have ANY breastmilk.
So people suggested a breastmilk bank. Which I googled right away, of course, and there is one in my state-3 hours away. Not gonna work.
So, anyway-my daughter was starving. Literally. She had lost something like 12% of her birthweight 4 days later.
She had some trouble finding a formula that didn't upset her belly-and I called the ped's office and talked to a nurse. Her suggestion? "If you are having so many issues with the formula, maybe you should think about relactating."
Well, maybe I could if I had lactated in the FIRST PLACE! I was so mad at that lady...grrrrr....
So she is getting formula. Now, I lucked out this time because she is currently using Good.Start formula, and so it's not part of the recall. But it's been a part of recalls before! And so have eggs, and lettuce, and beef, and children's tylenol, and cribs and...
You get my point.
So why, might I ask-are people making formula into something judgmental? All last night I just kept getting ticked off-I kept reading things like,
"Well, breastmilk has never been recalled."
Um, really? Go breastfeeders? Right now?
When they recalled eggs, did someone post, "Good thing I grow my own chickens in my backyard! Go farmers!"
I mean, maybe some of us thought it :) But-it's not helpful. Especially when we are so worried.
I just don't get how we can berate and make other mommys feel so bad-even if it is for a "joke"-to make them feel judged. And yes, if you are able to breastfeed-you should be proud! It's hard work!!! It's not something that is easy for most people. And you should be proud if you own your own chickens, too! But I mean-my body has failed me in so many ways and if I let myself think about it, it makes me feel so horrible. That tiny little voice in the back of your head saying, "You shouldn't even have a baby, your baby can't even do it" could win if I didn't keep reminding it to shut.up.
It's hard to be a mom. To living babies and to lost ones. But most of us are doing the very best that we can!!!!!!
Ok, I just needed to get that off my chest!!!!!!!! :)
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