Breastfeeding might be natural, but as someone who did it for a collective 22-ish months, I promise you that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. There are challenges, from pain to frustration to supply issues, and once you think you’ve got it all figured out and you’ve settled into a routine, your beautiful little angel gets teeth.
My first baby bit me once or twice, didn’t like my screeching reaction, and quit.
My second baby was a biter from the very beginning, and once he had teeth, he wouldn’t stop. I tried. I persisted through six weeks of bloody nipples and tubes of Neosporin before throwing in the towel around 9 months.
Through two kids, my husband voiced no opinion on my nursing. I wanted to? Great! I wanted to supplement? Let’s do it!
If he had been this woman’s husband, who thinks she should be nursing through biting baby that won’t quit, I doubt we would still be married.
She nursed their daughter for 10 months but is now struggling with biting. She’s had to take breaks from breastfeeding because of sore nipples, but is still pumping. When that’s too painful, she supplements with formula.
Or at least, she did before her husband HID THE FORMULA.
Now, I probably don’t need to tell you that absolutely no one on this thread thinks this woman is any kind of a**hole.
Many people think her husband is borderline abusive.
Or that he should try nursing the little biting baby himself, perhaps.
That she needs to assert herself, claim her body and feed her baby however is best for both of them.
Many people encouraged her to stop feeling guilty, with reminders that nursing for 10 months is an amazing accomplishment and there is no shame in using formula to finish out her daughter’s first year.
This guy needs to take a long walk off a short pier, if you ask me (and everyone on Reddit).
Men, do not do this. However your smart, loving, dedicated wife tells you she’s going to feed your kid, be supportive. I promise that, with all of the pressure to breastfeed, she’s considered her options carefully – or tried very hard to make it work – before making a decision.