The guilt that comes with parenting decisions starts from the moment you see those indicative lines on a stick, but it really goes off richter scale once your bundle of joy gets its first breath of fresh, womb-free air.
First up, your choice between breastfeeding or formula. And it's a dilemma comedian Amy Schumer knows well. After giving birth to her first son Gene in May 2019, the 38-year-old says she dealt with the pressure to breastfeed before switching to the bottle.
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“I wanted him to get the colostrum,” Schumer said in an interview with Informed Pregnancy and Parenting Podcast. “We had a lactation expert come over. He didn’t latch and I just didn’t feel that push to make that happen. Then I pumped for like the first month.”
The mum-of-one says she's happy for those who love the experience, but it was bumming her out.
“But then I was also kind of proud doing it and whatever and getting him the milk and stuff,” she said. “Then once it occurred to me that I could stop. I was like, ‘I’m going to stop.’ … And then, every week what I did was just took away one session of the pumping."
Schumer added that the health of mum should be just as important as bub.
“You matter and it’s going to be better for your baby that you’re okay,” she said.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health Australia.