Even though they can’t relieve engorgement or magically get baby to latch, a supportive partner can make all the difference for breastfeeding moms. That’s why one Australian mom’s discouraging story about her husband’s lack of support has the internet seething on her behalf.
In a since-deleted Facebook post on the online forum Breastfeeders Australia, the mother shared her plight:
“My husband wants me to stop breastfeeding my son. We have daughters together, but he makes fun of my son when he cries for me, and says things like ‘he’s such a girl.’ My husband also thinks I should stop breastfeeding because he says it’s stopping me from losing weight. He isn’t open to the idea of talking to a professional about this. Has anyone got any advice on dealing with an unsupportive husband?”
Apparently, comments expressed so much outrage that the post was taken down. Breastfeeders Australia explains on their blog:
“A recent post about an unsupportive husband attracted a number of comments from our members, ranging from upset to concerned and even absolutely outraged,” the administrators write. “Although all of the comments had the best of intentions, the member did not find many of comments suggesting she was being abused, or that she should leave her husband,…