“Here we go again.
Round 5 of mastitis.
But do you know what’s even more annoying?
When people tell me, ‘Maybe it’s time to stop breastfeeding.’
I’m sorry, I don’t recall asking your opinion.
Since when is there a time limit on nursing your child?
I’m 18 months in and she has no interest in stopping, and quite frankly, neither do I.
I went to pick up my prescription. It was one I hadn’t had before, so the cashier asked me if I had any questions. Out of instinct, I asked if it was safe to take while breastfeeding.
She comes back and says, ‘It does excrete through the breastmilk, so you’ll either need to pump and dump or skip feedings.’
Next she asks how old the baby is, so I tell her.
She then goes on to tell me that my health needs to come first and that I need to outweigh the risks. She then proceeds to tell me, ‘She’s old enough. She doesn’t need to nurse right now anyway.’
WHO ASKED YOU?
Can we please, for the love of God, stop discouraging breastfeeding no matter what age and stage or whatever hiccup that comes along the way? And in the same breath, stop minimizing whatever amount of time a mother does breastfeed for. It’s none of your business how long someone nurses their child for.
So, stop it. No one wants to hear your cr*ppy unsolicited advice. Let mothers LIVE.”
This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Ashley Parmenter. You can follow her journey on Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok. Submit your own story here and be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.
Read more stories like this:
‘She looked directly into my eyes and placed her hand up as if to touch my son. This beautiful creature had me in tears.’: Mom shares ‘breathtaking’ moment zoo orangutan ‘supports, protects’ her while breastfeeding son
‘Breast is better,’ they said. I cried for days, unable to feed you. I heard I could never feel that connection with you, nor you with me, because I didn’t nurse you.’: Mom shares emotional breastfeeding struggle, ‘Did I love you any less?’
Do you know someone who could benefit from a story like this? SHARE this story on Facebook to let others know a community of support is available.