I am always astounded by how backward we have become as a society when it comes to parenting and in particular parenting practices like breastfeeding. We seem to view debates about them through an outraged, conservative prism of judgement, completely forgetting to apply logic to resulting debates. We talk organic this and organic that. Newflash peeps: There’s nothing more organic than breastmilk, regardless of which breast it has come from.
If it’s a “family breast”, even better. But not according to some self-designated judges of all things parenting who have taken precious minutes out of their very important schedules to comment on a U.S. mum who posted a photo on Facebook page Breastfeeding Mama Talk showing her breastfeeding her nephew.
The mum shared a story about how she ended up breastfeeding her sister's son because her sister was away and wouldn't take his bottle.
She wrote, "In some weird chain of events today I ended up breast feeding my sisters son while she was away, because he would not take the bottle his momma pumped him. In return because my son won't latch and is strictly fed bottles I pump , my sister was able to feed my son her perfectly good pumped milk. Which made for two very happy and content babies. #bonding #familyiseverything #breastmilkforthewin"
So not only did she make the logical decision to feed her nephew instead of leaving him hungry, she ensured her son was also fed from the bottle of breastmilk her sister had originally left for her own child.
What on earth is wrong with that? Lots, according to some.