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I hope you really know you’ve been giving your daughter the best. I hope you realize what an extra special, caring, concerned, wise and loving mother you are, Jewels. And I could say more and more positive things about you that I’ve learned from reading your stories and responses, but I’ll save them to disperse bit by bit.

I just want to add that I know first hand about the frustrations of breast feeding. My oldest daughter was a preemie (2 1/2 pounds) and didn’t yet have a sucking reflex. She needed to be gavage fed through a tube in her nose. I pumped and pumped and pumped and delivered bottles and bottles that took me forever to eek out so I could bring them to the hospital for her six-week stay. And by the time she was able to come out of the isolette and attach to my breast, she was so used to the bottle that she didn’t want to nurse. And when I told our pediatrician that my cardiologist wanted me to stop pumping at four months because it was keeping my blood pressure up, he told me “Breast is best.” Thank God this is just one tenth of one percent of being a mother xoxo

P.S. Jewels, did you see your story made Editors’ picks?