So today a new breast feeding bashing story has hit the headlines and honestly I’m sick of it. I breast feed my baby because I want to and I believe it is the best for her. I don’t care how you feed your baby. I’m not looking down my nose at you if you are bottle feeding, I’m not high fiving you if you are breast feeding. Believe it or not I just care about my baby and how she is being fed.
Why as a breast feeding mum do I feel like I am constantly treading on egg shells to avoid upsetting other Mums? I’m not trying to make anyone feel guilty/bad/upset it’s just the way I feed my baby! So now you can’t take a picture of your baby being breastfed in case it is seen that you are doing it to make formula feeding mums feel guilty. The thought of making a formula feeding mum feel guilty has never entered my head and I’m sure that other mums who post ‘brelfies’ don’t do it to make formula feeding mums feel guilty or to ‘ram breast feeding down your throat’ either. Perhaps if I posted a picture of me breast feeding my baby with a caption saying ‘look at me I’m breast feeding my baby, all you that formula feed should feel guilty’ I would understand.
I’ve tweeted pictures of me feeding Ava under the #normalisebreastfeeding because that’s what it should be seen as , Normal! Not all the sensationalised stuff you see in the media, it’s just a way to feed your baby. Why ‘brelfies’ have been made into a negative I really don’t understand. Most mums who breast feed do so discretely and I’m so sick of the formula feeding/breast feeding divide that the media seems intent on constantly stirring. Please Mums can we all just support each other. Motherhood is a tough enough job without all the drama!