I usually don't use this blog to voice my opinion about things, but lately I am annoyed with something, so here it goes.
I feel some breast feeding moms need to back off moms who don't. I get it, breast feeding is great for your children but you know what, just because I don't do it, doesn't mean I am poisoning my child or my child is any different then yours, but for some reason you look at me differently.
Why do YOU look at me differently?
I don't look at you differently and I surely don't make comments to you about your decision. One of my favorite compliments (sarcasm) is that breast fed babies are healthier and don't get sick as often. Well, maybe that is the case but not four house. My kids are healthy and they do go to daycare, where germs are all over. Henry was rarely sick when he was an infant, and if he was sick do you think I said "Shit, I should have breast fed my child." No, I didn't and I don't plan to say that with Mary either. I also know that Henry doesn't look at his friend at school who has an ear infection or a runny nose and says "Were you bottle fed?" Maybe, we should learn from our young children and not judge each other.
Then my other favorite comment is well I think breast fed moms connect more with their children, you don't get the same connection when you bottle feed. You know what I say "BS." I connect with my children just fine and I cherish the moments we are alone feeding. Just because they are not hooked up to me doesn't mean I'm not connecting with them.
I also enjoy that when talking about this or when it comes up on boards I am on, that those who are breast feeding always say "I'm not judging you for not breast feeding but............."
I know, I know everyone is entitled to their opinions and that is fine. I have plenty of friends who don't judge me because I didn't breast feed but it's the strangers that don't know me who are the ones that really get to me. I'm sure they mean well but honestly, back off.
We all make decisions that work best for our family and everyone should support those decisions, regardless of what they are.