For years the debate between which is better breast feeding or feeding their babies with milk. Some believe that breast feeding is healthier while others are shamed for using formula. Here are some of the hurtful shaming’s that have gone on over the years.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures 49 states including the state of Florida have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public location. So why are we so touchy on the subject?
The whole breast feeding shaming thing here is the US is so weird!
— Angelica (@AngieOseguera) May 24, 2016
“Unfortunately mothers who breast feed are also shamed on a regular basis for – dare I say it? – exposing their breasts being used in a non-sexual manner. No mother should be shamed for anything, and how a child is being fed is nobody’s business except for the parents and any professionals (doctors, lactation consultant, etc) that they choose to involve says Rose Greenwood in a Facebook post.
Another argument those against breastfeeding in public is it’s offensive. But the counterargument is why is it offensive if its natural.
I’m 100 percent for breastfeeding in public! But at least put a blanket over the baby. 😥 so its a little covered https://t.co/kUbGm0VXHW
— Brittany Lincicome (@Brittany1golf) March 24, 2016
ICYMI: Adele SLAMMED for formula feeding: why are people such breastfeeding Nazis?! https://t.co/acdCrKNQ4G
— Fishwrapper (@fishwrapped) March 29, 2016
But if we came to realize that it doesn’t matter what method is used the shaming would stop. A mothers method of feeding does not effect her parenting skills nor does it effect her baby. The important thing is that the baby is getting fed.
“Well, this is a new level of stupid. Why is it assumed that all women and babies are one-size-fits-all? Providing information is one thing but requesting a signature as if it is a contract is totally ridiculous. Babies have different needs and their mothers will make the choice,” wrote puppylove.
“Not everyone is able to breastfeed. Some mothers aren’t able to produce enough milk. Why should they be shamed for this? This is disgusting. What kills me is that mothers are encouraged or pressured to breastfeed, everyone goes on and on and on about the benefits and how it is the best for the baby, yet when a mother tries to breastfeed in public, it is disgusting? People glare at her, women have been asked to leave public spaces for breastfeeding or crazy old ladies who have nothing better to do with their time make rude comments about how it is inappropraite. While I agree with educating mothers on the benefits, we should not shame those who chose not to or cannot. We should also spend more time educating the general public about respecting a mothers right to breastfeed,” wrote MEM.
Others argue formula isn’t as healthy but a few moms have a response to this dilemma.
I unfollowed a lot of breastfeeding pages for:
1. Shaming moms for formula feeding
2. Implying formula is unsafe
3. ‘formula’ concoctions
— Chakra Flocka (@_MrsBre) January 29, 2016
“No woman should EVER be called disgusting.
Whether she is nursing her child or feeding him formula. Wearing a ca… https://t.co/ct9i5PGKhy
— OKC Moms Blog (@OKCMomsBlog) January 26, 2016
So stop being haters and let’s join forces to become one close nit baby loving community.