I always thought I was going to breastfeed my babies - it's healthy for the baby & the mother, it helps prevent SIDS, it's free, it's a great way to bond with your child - I'm sure the list could go on. After having mastitis the first time, I was terrified to start nursing again. I didn't want to go through that horrible experience again. However, I thought it was important to continue nursing - I was determined to do whatever was best for my baby. When I got mastitis for the second time, I thought, "I'm done. I can't keep doing this." I felt so heartbroken though. Earlier that day, I was thinking of how wonderful it was to be past the painful part of nursing & to be able to enjoy that time with William, but it changed so suddenly.
Today, I had an appointment with my OB/GYN. When I told him I was done nursing, he told me I should keep trying. He said I was so close to being past the worst part & that if I could just nurse 2 weeks more without any complications, I should be fine. - - - My doctor is not one of those "do everything natural" type. When I told him I wanted to try natural childbirth, he said, "Why?" He told me there was nothing shameful about having an epidural, & there was no reason why I should put my body through the pain - there was nothing to prove. Because of this, I was surprised he didn't tell me to forego the possibility of mastitis again & to just give William formula. Rather, he encouraged me to breastfeed & told me how my body was adjusting really well to nursing (besides the infections I was getting from the baby, of course). He also told me he always figured me for the type of woman who would really want to breastfeed her child. When he said this, I was sold. He was absolutely right, and I wanted to keep trying. - - - SO - I've decided to give nursing another go. Hopefully everything goes well - at least I'm praying that it does;).