Posted by Saraline , Friday, April 2, 2010 2:56 AM
Some people seem to care an awful lot about what other people are feeding to their kids. Some say that breastfeeding is selfish, and some say that formula feeding is selfish. Some say that breastfeeding is child abuse and some say that formula feeding is child abuse.
Breastfeeders and formula feeders both get tired of other people getting upset over their methods of feeding their children. Breastfeeding mothers get dismayed by all of the misinformation about breastfeeding that's available; sometimes they even hear inaccurate facts from their doctors. Sometimes people tell them that breastfeeding is gross, that it's wrong to breastfeed in public, and sometimes they're asked to go go breastfeed in the bathroom. This can make things pretty stressful for a mom who just wants to feed her baby.
These are all reasons why we have lactivism. Lactivists educate others about the benefits of breastfeeding, stand up for a mother's right to nurse in public, and offer support to new mothers who want to breastfeed.
Unfortunately, there are some lactivists who feel that nobody should feed formula to their children. Some people are upset when lactivists are labled as boob nazis while other lactivists embrace the term and take pride in it. It upsets me that someone would be proud of being called any kind of nazi. It also upsets me that a lot of these women are feminists, but "her body, her choice" goes out the window when it comes to breastfeeding. A woman could have any number of reasons for not breastfeeding, and she's not obligated to share her reasons with anybody else.
New mothers need emotional support whether they choose to formula feed or breastfeed their infants. They don't need to be bullied, looked down on, or made to feel inferior. Unless they're feeding their babies antifreeze, what parents choose to feed their children isn't anybody else's business.
So, for those of you who think that breastfeeding is wrong:
-breastfeeding is not child abuse.
-nobody wants to eat their lunch in a bathroom and mothers don't want to feed their babies in one either. That's just gross!
-breastfeeding has many benefits and breastfed babies are not starving.
and for those of you who think that formula feeding is wrong:
-formula feeding is not child abuse.
-infant formula is not poison.
-her body, her choice, end of.
Now can't we all just get along?