why the big issue? because it is a HUGE issue for so many mothers.
most women start out wanting to breastfeed, and while studies show that women who physically can't breastfeed are rare, many women feel they can't breastfeed and breastfeeding rates drop off sharply between birth and six months. how sad that so many mothers who want to breastfeed can't. i agree it should be the mothers choice, and when that choice is to breastfeed she needs the right support and education to make that happen.
breast or bottle isn't a simple 'choice' to be made between two equally good feeding methods. most people realise that breastfeeding is a living fluid, it changes composition to be the perfect food for your baby in a way that formula just can't.
for many mums using formula is not a choice but a compromise, something that has to be done when breastfeeding doesn't work out, this is all too common when mothers recieve incorrect advice or do not have any breastfeeding support.
this is something that can be changed. mothers have the right to have up to date information and practical support for establishing breastfeeding.
yes, the bottom line is our babies are being fed. it is not fair to put the 'guilt' and responsibility onto the mother who has very often tried her hardest to make it work, rather there is a bigger issue of changing our society, our medical support, our attitudes and expectations of motherhood.
this is just one part of the huge issue of 'breast-bottle' for me. (yes everything can be argued to have it's advantages disadvantages....)
then there is the marketing of formula milks.......
so in a round about way, i agree happy mum happy bub smile .as long as we are not insulting each other and judging each other , i get a lot out of reading about everyones experiences. for all our differences, we have one thing in common, we are all mums who care.
mum of 3 girls