For example, my MIL came over today and immediately went straight for the baby. I handed him over to her and within a few minutes, he starts wiggling around and begins to fuss a bit. She tried calming him down but to no avail. She then says with a smile "See, this is what happens when you breastfeed. He's spoiled already" I told her very boldly "you cannot spoil a newborn" She says "I know, he just prefers you over anyone else" I just left it at that. I did not want to start an argument with her. Especially since we just mended our relationship after some family drama that happened last year. I just get the feeling she doesn't like the fact I breastfeed. All throughout my pregnancy, she kept asking me if I was going to breastfeed and I kept saying yes. She would always tell me I was going to give in into formula because it was going to be very hard. She had 5 kids but did not breastfeed any of them. She told me she regrets it very much now. I get the feeling maybe she is a tad jealous that I'm breastfeeding because she never did. Either way, I end up getting pissed off at her comments and always dread her visits because she always has something to say.
Also, my mom and aunt have both expressed their thoughts. They try to be a tad nicer with what they have to say, but nonetheless, it still ends up bothering me. They both think it's not normal for a baby to feed every 1-1 1/2 hours. That he is not getting enough to eat and that maybe I should give him a little formula just to make sure he can be nice and full. I tell them over and over that he eats plenty and that he is producing the right amount of wet and dirty diapers. Just like my MIL, both of them did not breastfeed any of their kids. Maybe it's the fact that they never experienced nursing that is triggering all these comments. I just wished they could be more supportive. I'm just so glad hubby is totally on board with my decision to EBF.
Oh, and my MIL nearly had a heart attack when I told her my plan was to nurse at least 15 months. The look on her face was priceless
Anyone else have less than supportive family members? What do you say to them?