Pregnancy is such a wonderful time of our lives. True, some mothers experience more than their share of nausea, aches and discomforts. However, for the most part, being pregnant is a wonderful experience. We have a heightened awareness of new life and renewal. We look forward to bringing a part of ourselves into this world, and to love the best part of us and watch them grow.
Why is it, then, that when we share the good news of our pregnancy, some women feel the need to “sabotage “ our feelings of well- being over being pregnant? The sharing of “war stories” of pregnancies, labors, and deliveries gone wrong is commonplace. This only serves to make us more anxious about that which we have yet to experience- the labor and delivery process. It is helpful, to lessen the fear of the unknown by taking a reputable childbirth class that will help you anticipate the process, dispel the myths, and decrease your anxiety.
The same seems to be true for breastfeeding. Sharing with others your desire to breastfeed will often elicit the sharing of unsuccessful breastfeeding experiences from others. Perhaps this helps them to justify why their breastfeeding experience was not successful, even if they were not responsible for the outcome. The bottom line: arm yourself with evidence-based information, and access to supportive breastfeeding professionals. Knowing what to expect, and how to best deal with it, as well as knowing tips for making your breastfeeding experience as successful as possible is your best weapon against bad stories. And last, but not least, surround yourself with people who are supportive of you and your decision to breastfeed, and block the rest out!