Suck on this
My face when I hear another story about a mother being shamed for using formula (see picure) Picture this: 5am, first time mother, your 5 month old baby is sick and you freak out so you call the hotline nurse. When you explain your son’s situation, they tell you to head to ED (just in case). Then they decide it is their place to say, “more breastmilk and less formula will help him though.”
I could tell you all about my friends issues she’s dealt with, with her baby, but none of that actually matters. Strangers have no right to comment on how a mother chooses to nourish her baby. And yes, a baby is nourished regardless of how they are fed. I’m a cow. I have milk leaking from my boobs.
I could feed my baby on my boob all day long. But I don’t, because I favour my mental health (usually much better if I sleep), over the judgemental idea that I should cater only to my newborn and not myself. I am a better mother when I sleep, when I have time to shower by myself, and when daddy gets a turn feeding. Does this mean that my babies have been given/get formula? Yup. Does this mean I feel guilty? Well… still yup. But not because of anyone in my life; I will only surround myself with those who support that decision. And yes – I could pump – but I have a toddler I would rather run around with when I have that spare moment.
So if you’re going to judge a mother, do it silently coz we don’t wanna hear it, and definitely unfollow if you disagree (ps. I was formula fed and I think I’m fine???) share this if it helps get a message to your judgemental followers.