Molestation reason for not BFing

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Registered: 09-27-2010
Molestation reason for not BFing
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Fri, 10-29-2010 - 1:26pm

I don't know exactly how to word this, so bear with me here.

I was molested for 6 yrs by a neighbor - so I do understand molestation to the degree I can understand it.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 8:23pm

I've known two women who were molested.

"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
Malcolm Gladwell Blink

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Sat, 10-30-2010 - 2:27pm

I have wondered if the age at the time of SA affects how you feel about BFing? Would a woman who was molested as a child have the same feelings as one who was molested as a teen, after her breasts have developed? Or as a woman who was raped?

Obviously everyone is different in their response and how much they can overcome - but I think that it is possible for some and can be very empowering to succeed.

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Registered: 06-04-2004
Sat, 10-30-2010 - 3:16pm

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Sat, 10-30-2010 - 5:24pm
The Association Between Reported Childhood Sexual Abuse and Breastfeeding Initiation

"Seven percent of the respondents reported experiencing childhood sexual abuse. Women who reported childhood sexual abuse were more than twice (adjusted odds ratio = 2.58; 95% confidence interval = 1.14, 5.85; P= .02) as likely to initiate breastfeeding compared with women who did not report childhood sexual abuse. Parenting attitudes and behaviors were compared to consider whether greater concern with parenting is an explanation for this association. In this nationally representative sample, self-identified childhood sexual abuse is associated with an increased likelihood of breastfeeding initiation."

Source: http://jhl.sagepub.com/content/18/3/219.abstract


Beyond the Abuse Breastfeeding After Sexual Violation

http://www.breastfeed.com/articles/overcoming-difficulties/beyond-the-abuse-2628/

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Sat, 10-30-2010 - 8:25pm

I think it would be a good idea if women with past sexual abuse where not simply assumed to be incapable of BF'ing and instead we encourage them to at least try BF'ing or to get the

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Registered: 09-27-2010
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 4:08am

IDK that I think women are claiming CSA when they were not abused, but even just saying CSA is "the reason", whether it had any bearing or not on their choice.

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Registered: 09-27-2010
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 4:15am

Great info!

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 4:25am
You know, even though I would say that I loved the nurturing aspect of BF and look back to those times with fond memories, when my third baby was little, he seemed to just want to nurse so much. The three hour 'cluster feeding' marathon sessions each evening were really something. I would feel all touched out, to the point where I wanted to cuddle the other two children less than what they were used to. Dad had to pick up the slack with cuddling them a bit for a while.

So even though I had no aversion and no reason for aversion, I still had times when it felt like too much.

Teresa
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Registered: 06-04-2004
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 10:48am

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Registered: 08-27-2007
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 2:00pm

It does bother me when it is brought into debate - because I feel that it often minimizes those who did experience SA and struggled to overcome that experience and were sucessful when they wanted to BF their baby

How does it minimize someone elses struggle when one person says they cant get over the trauma enough to breastfeed?

Saying I couldnt breastfeed b/c I had flashbacks everytime someone touched my breasts, doesnt then make less of Brendas (fake name) struggle to overcome the same trauma.

I dont think anything I say, as a personal truth, deflects from the validity of someone elses truth.

              *Praying for my best friend, my Dad*


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