Parenting is difficult enough on its own. It’s very astonishing that parents manage at all when a spouse is unhelpful or nonexistent, to say the least. However, one father truly gets the prize for being the worst parent ever. Read the story to know what he does and let us know how you would handle the situation.
My daughter, 10 months old, has recently started biting during breastfeeding. When she starts to bite, I simply tell her “no” and put her down immediately. I only started doing this recently because my breasts kind of look like a war zone- I’m bleeding and sore because of the biting and simply cannot take it anymore.
Instead I’ve been pumping, but even that is extremely painful until I let my breasts heal. Instead I’ve been doing a mix of pumping and formula. My husband does not like this. He was okay with me pumping and feeding our daughter until I started supplementing with formula. He believes that breastmilk is best and formula is the devil because it’s not “natural” or something. At this age, I’m giving her milk around 4-5 times a day, and still attempt to breastfeed once or twice a day.
It reached the tipping point yesterday when he hid the formula so I’d have “no choice” but to breastfeed our daughter.
I ask him why he’s doing this, and he simply says he doesn’t think I’m not trying hard enough because I stopped simply because she’s biting me, and that a good mother wouldn’t stop doing what’s best for her child simply because she’s in pain. Am I Really A Jerk?
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