1 June 2015

What's Wrong With a #Brelfie?

Surprise surprise breastfeeding is back in the news again and this time it's supposedly because breastfeeding mother's taking #brelfie selfies are making bottle feeding mothers feel pressured or inadequate!? Some how I feel this only applies to a few individuals but honestly if your baby is well fed (by breast or by bottle) then what does it matter? We're all women just trying to feed our babies and so long as they're happy who cares by what method they receive their milk! Parenting is hard enough without breastfeeding and bottle feeding mothers critising each other.

I loved breastfeeding my son and I again now love breastfeeding my daughter. It's something I was desperate to do and yes I would have been distraught if I wasn't able to do it however that doesn't mean it would have been anyone else's fault if I couldn't breastfeed. I can totally understand the heartache it would cause. I'm sure to some mother's it's like a bereavement of sorts and I really feel for mums put in this situation but know it's not your fault and your baby isn't going to be any worse off from having formula milk. Easy for me to say I suppose but heck I was fed formula and I'm doing pretty damn fine myself. I can imagine that if you were desperate to breastfeed and couldn't manage then it would be soul destroying though and for that I'm truly sorry. It's something that would really affect me.

For the mother's that bottle feed through choice and don't give a crap about other people's opinions, high five to you. I also don't give a crap when people judge and say breastfeeding is disgusting. Who the feck are those people to judge us anyway? Our babies are well fed and happy and as long as that's going on what's the issue? Let's be honest, we're not interested in how other's feed their babies anyway are we? Our babies have full tummies and are putting on weight, isn't that all that really matters?

And for those people that are full of poison and like to spit on everyone's parade, and you know who you are, get a life (this is polite compared to what I really wanted to say). I'm sick of people with not a clue sticking their noses into everyone's business, if no ones getting hurt then what's the problem? You can think what you like but for goodness sake keep your comments to yourself. No one's perfect, not even you!

At the end of the day as some people would say, any publicity is good publicity so I'm glad breastfeeding is in the news again even if it's not under a perfect shining halo as it still gets people talking and discussing it. Maybe one day it'll help people to think before they speak and leave us mother's to feed our babies how we want to. Some mother's can't feed their babies at all in some countries, breast or bottle, so I find myself bloody lucky!

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