The phrase “nipple confusion”, in my honest opinion, is a scare tactic for new mothers created by breast feeding activists.
Before you chastise me, bear with me for just a moment. I’m a HUGE supporter of breast feeding and am currently nourishing my three month old, EXCLUSIVELY, from the breast. And when I say exclusively, I mean it; nope, not even a bottle of breast milk. I’ve tried. She won’t take anything but momma’s nipple.
So, “nipple confused”? I think not. This little girl knows the difference. There’s absolutely NO “nipple confusion” here!
So why, then, would someone who exclusively breast feeds and believes “breast is best” be so adamant that “nipple confusion” is a ridiculous notion made up by breast feeding organizations and their proponents? I’ve seen SO many of my friends, acquaintances and mother’s in groups in which I belong go from breast to bottle and back with their babies as young as a week old. If “nipple confusion” were such an issue, then it would surely be difficult for so many of my peers to do so. And, several doctors in which I’ve spoken to about this wouldn’t have balked when I mention the phrase.
Being the breast feeding supporter I am, I understand the desire to spread the word and encourage breast feeding. However, I also understand that it’s a personal choice. Unbiased information would go a lot further for breast feeding advocates. I’m hearing more and more moms say they feel bullied into breast feeding. How is that good for the cause?
Whether a new mom is bullied into breast feeding or not is a whole other topic–maybe a post for another time or another mother. It’s “nipple confusion” that has this mom so confused. In the beginning, I, well-informed, chose breast feeding for all of it’s benefits. Wanting to be sure that my baby and I were successful, I turned to the breast feeding “experts”: lactation consultants and nurses. As a new mother, I only knew what I’d researched and what friends and experts told me. All of the information–I’m now assuming is put out by agenda-seeking people–
recommended imposed a four to six week period of exclusive breast feeding.
Maybe all babies are different and this recommendation works, but for mine it backfired. She still refuses a bottle of breast milk and isn’t shy about doing so. I’ve concluded–in my short time as a mommy–that if the breast feeding
nazi’s champions had offered less of a one-sided view I would’ve felt more comfortable allowing my husband to offer an occasional bottle during those late night-early morning feeds when a new mother struggles between nurturing her child and wanting to jump off a cliff.