Many moms are told, despite various challenging circumstances surrounding feeding their baby, that if they just cared a bit more, they could make it work.
Alyssa Royse, mother of two from Seattle, says this was the case for her. “My appendix burst when my daughter was five weeks old … I was in the hospital for five days, literally fighting for my life. Needless to say, my breast milk dried up. When I came-to, I wanted desperately to breastfeed, tried everything, nope.
“In desperation, I called a La Leche League hotline, mostly seeking comfort and was scolded. I was told I just didn't care enough. That, and I quote, ‘There are medications that will make men lactate, if you really care.’ Needless to say, I am now that lady who tells new parents that they get to listen to their bodies, their babies and their belly voices, and make the call that feels best for their family.”