Australian blogger Siobhan Rennie was tired of judgmental looks from other moms whenever she pulled out a bottle to feed her baby Aoife. The conventional wisdom may be that "breast is best," but as far as Rennie is concerned, "FED is best." That's why she posted an Instagram pic of her adorable baby sipping on a tall warm bottle, along with a message of solidarity for all the other moms who have jumped on the formula train.
Rennie's caption reads:
I still feel guilty every day that I'm not breastfeeding Aoife anymore. Because mum guilt is a HUGE BITCH. I had my reasons for stopping. So many reasons (she took hours to B'feed, it wasn't fair on Harry, so many latching probs meant too much air then too much wind and reflux, ohh and my PND and anxiety...). At 4 months we called it quits and it was such a painful decision. Life definitely got easier, we were all a lot happier. But I still, 8 months on, think I gave up too easily. I didn't, I know that, but I still can't help being really hard on myself... Add to that the stare I got from a woman today at the park when I pulled out Aoife's bottle... Jesus, it was SO judgey. The thing is, FED is best. Aoife was (and still is) more satisfied on the bottle. It doesn't matter how we feed our babies, as long as it's safe and they're nourished and happy. Never doubt your choices, you have to do what's right for you and your whole family - whether that be breastfeeding until they're toddlers or never being able to even start. And tell mum guilt to just F OFF ?? [PS I've found the comfiest 'I don't have to change bras before leaving the house' wire free bra that actually holds me up properly - prior to finding these I was still wearing my old grotty maternity bras around ? ?#sohotrightnow Thanks @bfreeaustralia ??] #fedisbest #bottlefeeding #uniteinmotherhood #nofiltermum
Rennie is receiving a lot of support online from moms and other people who are tired of being under the thumb of Big Breast. Her pic has been liked more than 400 times on Instagram. The comments are also overwhelming supportive.
Rennie, and her supporters, make an excellent point. No matter how many blog posts you've read about the benefits of breastfeeding, you're not accomplishing anything by making a mom feel bad for her personal parenting decisions. You don't know her life.
And if you are a mom who uses formula, don't be hard on yourself. But for god's sake, please clip coupons. That stuff is pricey.