It’s National Breastfeeding Week this week. I don’t have a problem with this at all – I’m sorry that funding has been withdrawn.
What I do object to though is women lecturing and telling other women how to feed their babies and the assumption that anyone who doesn’t breastfeed needs educating so that they can feed their baby ‘properly’. I simply don’t understand why it’s anyone else’s business how other women choose to feed their babies and I’ve heard all the arguments, believe me.
I didn’t breastfeed my baby because I had enough to cope with (given the brain tumour and associated problems) and it was better for both me and my baby that I fed him in a way that was comfortable for both of us. Did it harm him in any way? Did it hell. He’s bright and beautiful and growing into a fine young man.
For me, it’s a no brainer. You want to breastfeed your baby? Fine. You think breast is best? Fine. But the lecturing and criticising of women who don’t? Enough already.