Why there is even a discussion about the benefits of breastfeeding vs bottle feeding, I’ll never know. As long as the babies get fed, it’s really none of our business how mums choose to feed their children.
But not everyone is as reasonable. We have breastfeeding mums being shamed, bottle feeding mums being shamed and it can all get pretty silly.
FEED THE BABY. End of conversation.
I was a victim of breastfeeding pressure, as are many mums. I was then bottle shamed, then shamed for public breastfeeding and so on and so forth. After having my first child, the judgement affected me. By the time I had my second and third, I no longer cared what anyone else thought of my choices.
I was doing what was best for my baby, what was best for me, and anyone who had a problem with it could get stuffed. Pun intended.
We’ve spoken to seven mums who couldn’t or wouldn’t breastfeed. These are their stories.