Smelly’s mom, now re-named Maternal Countessa, and is having a difficult time with the whole breast feeding issue. Having never been pregnant, I can only offer moral support. I have nothing to draw on other than having a bit of knowledge and having been around many friends who have gone through the same exact issues after delivering their children.
I do know that no matter how much knowledge the lactation specialists can deliver, each mother and child have to come up with the best system for themselves. As a new mother, Maternal Countessa is of course trying every method offered to her as well as listening to her friends who have breast fed before her. She asked her Ob/GYN about it as well. He had a very good take on the situation regarding the pressure Maternal Countessa is feeling. He told her that the lactation specialists seem to think of the world as one big breast. Indeed, that is a very good analogy.
On a recent phone conversation Maternal Countessa and I had the following exchange:
Wicked: How’s life with Smelly? Getting used to everything?
Maternal Countessa: This whole breast feeding thing, it’s just not going well. Plus they keep calling to tell me how I am doing it wrong.
Wicked: Who is calling?
MC: The lactation specialists. They are making me feel guilty.
Wicked: They feel it is their mission to make sure every new mom follows their instructions to the letter. Life doesn’t work that way. You and Smelly will come up with a system that works well for you.
MC: (Sigh) I am doing the best I can.
Wicked: Of course you are, Smelly is growing the pediatrician is not unhappy with her progress.
MC: True. I just don’t want to talk to them anymore.
Wicked: Then don’t, screen the call. If you need their help you know how to contact them. The Breast Nazis can just back off.