10 Things No One Tells You About Breast-feeding


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Not Everyone Can Do It

Evolutionarily speaking, it makes sense that breast-feeding would be a universal capability, and the decision to bottle feed just that: a decision. There are, however, a few women who actually don't have a decision to make.

For instance, a small number of women have breast anomalies that mean they simply don't produce enough milk. Others must re-start a crucial medication, one that doesn't allow for breast-feeding, immediately after delivery. Some babies, too, will be born with facial abnormalities that make a good latch impossible -- in this case, it's often still possible to pump and bottle-feed, which is a nice alternative.

Finally: Have they told you about milk banks?