Why am I posting a story called The Bottle in World Breastfeeding Week?
Because this week presents a great opportunity to remind ourselves of the benefits of breastfeeding AND the complex situations many mothers face following the birth of their child.
I hated formula.
I hated companies that made formula. I fought with medical professionals who suggested using formula. At every visit, I cleared out all the formula pamphlets from our pediatrician’s waiting room.
My own children nursed well and long. I was full of self-righteous pride.
Then postpartum depression enveloped a close friend. She wasn’t sleeping or eating. She was often in tears and felt hopeless. She was wary about telling me that breastfeeding overwhelmed her, fearing my disapproval.
I was devastated.
My ideals had blinded me from the complexities of motherhood and from my friend’s pain.
While my friend slept, went to therapy and slowly recovered, I bought formula. I mixed it, and while holding her sweet baby, I gratefully fed him the bottle.
Andrea Katzman, mother of 2 and co-creator and editor of Purple Leaves, Red Cherries.