What if Men Could Breastfeed Too?
I was cruising around on Mommyish this morning and found a link to a Slate article published earlier this summer about a man who was determined to breastfeed. I was immediately fascinated by the idea. Breastmilk (or colostrum) was Mason’s first food and I took breastfeeding very seriously — so seriously that I drove myself and everyone around me nuts about it. I tried and tried to nurse but after a month or so (and lots of tears) we switched to formula. If Chris would have been able to take over nursing duties then our experience with breastfeeding could have been completely different.
Note: My husband is reading this post and cringing. When he heard me share that I was having production problems with another breastfeeding mom on the street, he was horrified. “What the hell, Heather? Why would you share something like that with a stranger? And with her husband standing there! A guy wouldn’t walk up to another guy on the street and say ‘I’m having erection problems right now’.” True, but I’ve found a tremendous amount of support from other moms on a variety of issues and this issue was no exception. And, for the record, Claire was in my Friday morning mommy group:)
What do you think: Breastmilk is an important first food — but would you want your hubby to be able to share nursing responsibilities, or do all of the nursing himself? Is the idea ludicrous? Offensive?
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