Why Some Mothers Don’t Breastfeed

We have discussed the tremendous benefits of breastfeeding for both the baby as well as the mother. But you may think, there are still a lot of mothers who decide against breastfeeding. Why is that, when this method is so much better and has many more advantages? 

You need to remember how demanding the period of pregnancy is for every single woman. After the struggles of the 9 months and the pain of delivery, it can get really difficult to go through all the steps required for breastfeeding, ensuring that the baby is getting properly latched and getting a proper amount of milk from you. There are also other factors that come into play that can result in a mother choosing not to breastfeed. Whatever her choice might be, the priority is to love and take care of the baby. If that’s being done right, then where the little one is fed from shouldn’t be an issue.

In this blog, we will discuss why some mothers choose not to breastfeed with the help of facts, data, and surveys we’ve acquired through research. 

Lack of Support:

Some women don’t get enough support from their surroundings and hence become discouraged to continue, or even begin, breastfeeding. Women whose mothers never breastfed don’t get the support, guidance, and supervision they’d need from a mother on this matter. There are also women whose partner/husband doesn’t really know enough about breastfeeding to provide the right kind of encouragement and hence the woman chooses not to breastfeed. 

Many women get into contact with primary caretakers and nurses who don’t really have proper answers or solutions to the problems faced during initial breastfeeding and hence they too choose not to breastfeed.

Immediate Continuation of Work/Studies:

If a mother re-joins work or school immediately after delivery (i.e 2 weeks after the baby’s birth or in the first few months), she’ll find it hard to make time for breastfeeding in her schedule. The stress of delivery, taking care of the baby and work/studies is hard enough as it is, she doesn’t need to add breastfeeding to the list of worries.

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Financial Limitations:

Hiring lactation and breastfeeding specialists, and access to breastfeeding pumps can be expensive. A lack of these resources or the inability to afford them can discourage women from this process as it means they don’t get the support, knowledge, and products they need to get through this period.

Time Consumption:

Surveys of many women show that even if they opt for breast pumps to get the milk to the baby, it’s a very time-consuming process. More often than not, the babies are just left staring at the mothers trying to pump milk for hours; a time that mothers would rather spend cuddling and loving the baby.

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Psychological Problems:

Postpartum depression is a common condition that occurs in mothers who just delivered a baby.  Breastfeeding is a demanding process and in many cases, getting the baby to latch on can also be painful, the baby can refuse to latch and also, more often than not babies end up biting the mother to the point of pain and irritation. With the mind already feeling numb and out-of-space, breastfeeding can be a highly demanding job, which a woman suffering from fits of depression doesn’t need to go through. Hold your baby close, love them, tend to them but if nursing them is asking too much of you, then don’t do it. Baby formula will provide him with the necessary nutrition as well. 

Health Risks:

Sometimes, a mother’s physical health can put the baby’s health at risk if he’s breastfed. Women suffering from certain conditions can end up producing less than a sufficient amount of milk required by the baby. In some cases, such as HIV, breastfeeding isn’t recommended as it has a high chance of putting the baby at risk of developing it. In mothers who had breast cancer and went through chemotherapy and other treatments, breastfeeding may not be possible.

Things That Can Help Tackle Your Concerns:

If a mother is reluctant to breastfeed for the given or any other possible reason, judging her or scolding her isn’t going to make the situation ‘better’. Support their choices and encourage them to take control of how they intend to take care of their baby’s needs. 

  1. If you see a mother get taunted for breastfeeding in public, actively show support for the woman to let her know she isn’t alone and to let the bullies know they’re wrong.
  2. Talk at your workplace about the possibility of nursing space. They might be able to help in this regard if spoken to. 
  3. Check up on your friends who have chosen to breastfeed to make sure they are doing okay. Try to be there for them not to judge them but to support them.
  4. Join a support group for breastfeeding mothers. You won’t be alone in your concerns about the matter.

In the end, what makes a mother and child’s bond stronger isn’t the source of nutrition but the fact that they did get a sufficient amount of that nutrition; more importantly, the bond becomes stronger not by the sole existence of food, rather the love, nurturing and support the mother provides to the baby. 

One needs to remember that psychological needs are as important as physiological ones. If the mother is only stressful about taking care of the baby, it will not only adversely affect her own well-being but also the little one’s well-being as the stressful and anxiety-driven focus of fulfilling the physical need will manifest negatively in the mother’s behavior. For more information and to buy your essential baby and maternity products, visit Little Angel Baby Clothes.

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