Lynn's Comments: Moms are always looking to other moms for advice and moral support. I don't know what I would have done without my "mom-friends". We shared everything from our personal meltdowns and ensuing guilt to comparisons of our kids' behaviour and development. Without judgement or criticism, we helped each other survive! Looking back, all the angst seems so "over the top". It's just that when you're standing there on the edge of the canyon, it's sure nice to have a friend to coax you back into the car!!!
Lynn's Comments: Breastfeeding was, and always will be, a delicate, personal subject. I wanted to breastfeed my kids until they were at least 6 months old. I succeeded for the most part, but now and then when I was exhausted and unable to give them enough, the occasional bottle of formula helped us along. What I had to overcome was the guilt I was made to feel by experts, articles and other moms who never needed to supplement. Once I allowed myself to make safe and healthy choices that worked for us, without feeling guilty, I was able to breastfeed more successfully. It’s amazing how guilt and criticism can affect the way our body works.