Debate - Respecting our feeding choice

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Debate - Respecting our feeding choice
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.


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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