Debate - Respecting our feeding choice

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Debate - Respecting our feeding choice
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Sat, 01-22-2011 - 2:43pm

If we're serious about respecting all mothers' feeding decisions (whether by choice or necessity), then we should respect a mother's choice to BF as well. Do you feel that your feeding choice is respected?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 01-22-2011 - 5:27pm

When I was an extended BF, it was something that I did not divulge after a certain point as I had the feeling both I and the child could be criticised. Even when one baby was sixteen months, I was roundly criticised by my (childless) sister - all my other siblings were accepting at this stage.

However, I have in the last few years, mentioned having BF for well over two years, and that statement is met with a wide variety of reactions. Fortunately, the girl who married that son and works as a medical receptionist in a maternity hospital, thinks it is great. But many other people are shocked, even those who BF for quite a while

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-29-2005
Sat, 01-22-2011 - 11:03pm
I've never felt disrespected or disparaged for my choice to BF. I think I have an advantage, being in medicine, bc people generally think I know what I'm talking about, lol.

While my ILs did start to talk about weaning dd1 after 2-1/2, it wasn't in an aggressive or uncomfortable manner, and I could easily deflect it.

I feel lucky to have been supported and to have the great LLL community as well.

 


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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2009
Sun, 01-23-2011 - 12:05am

Of course we should respect a mothers choice to BF and FF, that remark seems like a defense are bf moms not respected?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Sun, 01-23-2011 - 1:51am
I have never felt my choice to BF has been disrespected which I think is due in part to the fact I live in a part of the country that has higher then average BF initiation rates and for which a majority still BF at 6 months. I run into people on the internet who expect people to respect their choice to FF but don't seem to have show the same courtesy with choice to BF.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2006
Mon, 01-24-2011 - 1:57pm

I feel like my feeding choices were always respected - both BF'ing (including NIP) and FF'ing.

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