This mom's experience proves how important it is to have your pediatrician's support when it comes to your baby feeding choices.
On the popular Facebook page "Breastfeeding Mama Talk," a postpartum nurse and mom shared an experience at her pediatrician's office that made her first year of breastfeeding completely worth it, despite the difficulties.
The mama shared an image of a gold medal with the words "you make a difference" written on it, with this caption: "The medal I got from our pediatrician for ONE YEAR of breastfeeding! I love my pediatrician!"
The proud mom continued: "Throughout my daughter's life, whenever we would have visits our doctor would emphasize how amazing it was that I continued to breastfeed." She goes on to say that her daughter wasn't super interested in solid foods, and instead, was quite content with breast milk. But as her pediatrician told her, "food before 1 is just for fun, she's getting everything she needs from you."
At her daughter's 1-year check up, the doctor awarded this mama with the medal. "It felt so good to get recognized for the hard work, the sore nipples, the lack of sleep, the committing to pumping at work, the many batches of 'lactation cookies,' [sic] and the whole year of breastfeeding," the mom wrote. "She said that not many moms make it to a year, and that it is such an accomplishment."
In conclusion, she wrote: "Every breastfeeding mom deserves a medal, it's a marathon of love!"
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It seems her words have truly struck a chord with other moms. "I wish I had that much support from our pediatrician!" one commented. "There should be a registry of pro-breastfeeding pediatricians," wrote another.
Judging from the comments, many moms clearly have had experiences with their doctors where they don't feel supported about their baby-feeding choices. And that's too bad. No matter how you choose to feed your baby, you should feel that your pediatrician understands and supports you. Mine certainly did, even though I formula fed my children. I never felt pressured to try breastfeeding once I made it clear that it wasn't for us. And for that, I feel very grateful.
Do you feel like your pediatrician supports your choice to breastfeed, or not?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.