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I’m not able to nurse my baby, and I am so upset. How do you deal with the guilt?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I have a unique perspective about this because I wasn’t able to nurse my older daughter, but I did nurse my younger daughter.

You’ve probably heard that experts think that nursing helps to bolster a baby’s immune system. That might be true in some cases, but it didn’t hold true in my family. My older daughter, who didn’t nurse, has the most superb immune system. On the other hand, my second daughter, who I nursed diligently for a year, was sick constantly.

My advice is to try to nurse if you can. But if you can’t, don’t beat yourself up about it.

Eva Ritvo, MD, a mom of two teenaged daughters, a psychiatrist in Miami, FL, and coauthor of The Beauty Prescription

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