I breast fed for as long as I could...

Breastfeeding was something that was really important to me. I'm an RN so I know all about how the nutrients from your breast milk benefits your baby. My planned birth of a natural delivery turned into a medically scheduled c-section so I figured at least I could breastfeed as planned.

Unfortunately I struggled greatly with milk supply. I was pumping on day one and had to supplement with formula within 3 days. I cried when she first took the bottle.

She wouldn't latch naturally and suck so I had to use a breast shield to breastfeed her. But I persevered.

My daughter is now 6 months old and I have pumped 3 times a day for 10 - 20 minutes each time. By doing so she took the breast in the morning and received about one bottle a day of pumped milk- the rest was formula.

This was the best I could do and I wanted her to get whatever I could give. To add to my challenge I couldn't take any medications for increasing milk supply for my own health reasons. Therefore, it was pump or nothing.

So here I am and it is so hard. She is now on solid food and I just don't have the time to take care of her, feed her, make food and pump so I'm putting the pump away.

My goal was initially 1 year before starting to breast feed, then 4 months and I made it to 6. I never worked so hard at anything in my life and I should be proud of myself.

I do fear being judged for giving formula but I did my best.

I have many friends who were unable to produce enough milk to feed their baby, yet you never hear about this. We need to support mothers, including their choices on how to feed their child.

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