Yesterday I mentioned an exchange about breastfeeding and formula feeding. As I turned it over in my mind, I realized that using formula itself really doesn’t bother me. What bothers me when it comes to any type of infant feeding is negative attitudes. Unfortunately, they abound on both sides of the equation.
What I’d like to see in place of the negativity is a change in the way we think about infant feeding. I’d like us to see it as just that–feeding a baby. No judgment about the method a mom uses. No restrictions on where she can do it. No pressure from family or friends to do it their way. No rude comments about the age at which a child should be weaned or how they will be unhealthy because of the way they were fed. Because, frankly, it is none of anyone else’s business how I, or my sister, neighbor, cousin, or friend, feed our babies.