A very heartfelt yet also very antagonistic column from one mother who was unable to breastfeed her child, and who is hugely unimpressed by the National Breastfeeding Strategy announced last week.
Why doesn’t the Government just butt out? By all means give women the information they need, but let them make their own choices for their own children and don’t make them feel bad if they fall short of the mark.
Trust me, there are enough people out there only too willing to make women feel guilty for the choices they make.
Sure, breast is best. It’s impossible to argue otherwise; after all, our breasts are designed for that purpose.
But that doesn’t make the alternative — the bottle — bad.
Before I quit, I did a fair bit of research. I wanted to be certain I wasn’t doing my son a disservice.
I came across plenty of information — most of it loaded with guilt-inducing language.
She then goes on to lambast the Australian Breastfeeding Association, with repeated phrases of “I’m not buying it”. Well, I’m not sure I’m buying that the ABA is all about taking mothers on a monumental guilt trip, either.