Here's my late reply:
I was able to reply a couple of weeks later, so full was my inbox. I felt bad for replying so late. I was scared she'd given up. Breast milk may be the best milk we can ever give to our babies but breastfeeding is not easy, especially in the first few months. Many moms give up because they don't have support, encouragement or knowledge. It is very important that we help fellow moms!
Mommy A said she emailed lots of moms who breastfeed but no one replied. That makes me very sad but I understand. Moms are the busiest people on earth! That's why when I asked her if I could blog about this, she immediately said yes. She wanted other moms struggling with breastfeeding to know they're not alone. We are all faced with many challenges so the simple act of telling someone, "Chin up. We're mothering together!" will fill many mothers with hope and renewed energy and determination to face another day of loving and serving!
Did you struggle with breastfeeding? Why did you give up? Why did you persevere? Studies have shown that most new mothers want to breastfeed but give up too soon because they found it painful and exhausting, their husbands and mothers/mothers-in-law didn't support them, because they had to go back to work, they didn't think they were producing enough milk, they were told their milk isn't good enough, etc.
I struggled with breastfeeding with both sons, but most especially with Iñigo because he was greedier and because he spurned the bottle. I told Vince that if Iñigo had only taken milk—breast milk or formula!—in a bottle, I'd still be working in an office now. Iñigo really was a huge factor on why I became a WAHM. I just couldn't bring him to the office anymore. It was becoming unprofessional. For example, much as people were very understanding, it was not appropriate to be breastfeeding while in an important business meeting. Or I had to turn down many events at night (so important in the magazine industry) because I had to be home to nurse my baby to sleep.
Obviously, I chose baby before career and I don't regret it one bit or resent Iñigo at all. Of course, the reason could be I have the great fortune to be able to make that choice—to be financially stable enough for both Vince and I to work from home. Many women don't have a choice.