- fear of nursing being "sexual"
- fear of nursing in public (goes along with the first one in many ways!)
- thinking nursing is "gross" (also related to the first one!)
- pressure from other family members to be "equal" with the mom in baby care
- fear of "being tied down" to the baby/wanting the baby to become "independent" (as the women in the article called it, "a lifestyle choice")
- having pumped exclusively for the first baby and thinking "well, this is all I know" or wanting to be "fair" to both children
- the concern that breastfeeding will be too much of a hassle or will be too difficult
- cultural/societal expectations about both women and babies
- cultural/societal beliefs about breasts and sexuality
- the "me" mentality of individuality so prevalent in our culture
- the technology boom of the past two decades and the corresponding decrease in the virtue of patience
- feelings of relatives and friends about nursing
- advice from "experts" such as doctors
- misinformation regarding nursing and/or pumping
"One thing that worries me about this trend [choosing to pump exclusively] is that it might become expected that all breastfeeding moms pump and bottlefeed for public situations. I've already been chastized by my family for not formula feeding in public-seems that people like my relatives would see pumping as a "good" solution..."
"I just did not like it. I felt locked away. I was young and self-conscious, and everyone would leave the room when I breast-fed. I was lonely."
"But are moms also being influenced by this message, that pumping provides the benefits of breastfeeding without having to deal with any of the stuff that might be uncomfortable or weird at first?"