I am having a C section in 2 weeks. I've had a bilateral mastectomy (both breasts, nipples and lymph nodes removed) so obviously breastfeeding isn't an option. I've had reconstruction, so when I wear clothes it looks like I have breasts.
I've found people, and midwives, to be extremely judgemental and rude. When they ask me if I am breastfeeding I just say 'no'. When I'm pressed I explain it's for medical reasons as I find explaining my breast cancer and the mastectomy extremely personal and I don't like sharing it with strangers. This should be the end of the conversation, but it's like releasing the floodgates and I'm bombarded with questions and well meaning advice. I've even had one midwife stare at my clevage and then question if I was telling the truth.
I'm dreading going to the hospital for the birth, my friend had her baby at the same hospital, the Lyell McEwin. They are pro breast feeding and she said the staff were rude and unhelpful because she was formula feeding. Will this be the case and how do I deal with it? I'm worried I'll snap because I'll already be tired and stressed - this has not been a happy or easy pregnancy.
I'm thinking of buying the 'Yes they're fake, the real ones tried to kill me' tshirt I've seen for women who've had breast cancer.
Also if anyone can give me advice on what to take to the hospital and how it works, how many bottles, when to make them up etc it would be appreciated. I've just bought a tin of S26 Gold and 4 Avent newborn bottles to take, is this enough?