A Woman's Right to Choose (Not to Breastfeed) - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon - the Atlantic

A Mom Anon8/04/2012 11:31:32 am PDT

re: #1 Destro

That’s a little harsh. GGT is probably one of the kinder folks here. How does name calling help anyone see your point of view?

And there IS a bit of pressure on new moms to nurse over bottle feed and some of that pressure takes the form of being considered a bad mom or being selfish for choosing not to or being physically unable to. Having been through this myself twice,I can assure you there is judgement passed and it’s unfair. No one can know,just by looking, if there are practical or medical reasons why a mother chooses formula over breast. I myself had big babies(daughter was 9lbs 2 oz,son was 12 lbs 4 oz-yes,12 lbs),and mostly nursed and supplemented with bottles when my body could not keep up with on demand feedings in those early months. I heard all kinds of crap from people who thought it was their business how I fed my kids. I couldn’t win,lol. I caught shit for bottle feeding or for breast feeding at work. I see nothing wrong with educating new moms,but there should be support,not an attitude condemning choices made.