Moms across the country are standing up and saying, “I Support You!”
We’re joining Suzanne from Fearless Formula Feeder, Kim from Mama By the Bay, and Jamie from I Am Not the Babysitter to say that we know that we all lead different lives but we all share wanting the best for our children and your children. No matter what your feeding choices. No matter what your experiences. No matter how much you agonized over those choices and what’s best for your family. If you’re breastfeeding your toddler in a crowded park. Or if you’re bottle-feeding your newborn quietly in a rocking chair. This campaign is about saying,
We support you.
We know you love your children and want what’s best for them. You know what’s right for your family better than anyone else.
No mother should feel ashamed or judged because of the ways that she chooses to feed her baby.
As part of this campaign, I did an interview with Nicole, a British blogger from Evidence-Based Tits and Teeth.
I formula-fed my baby beginning at about six weeks or so. (Here’s my full story, Nicole’s interview with me on her blog, and my guest post on Suzanne’s Fearless Formula Feeder.) He had allergies and reflux, and breastfeeding was difficult, to say the least. I was interested — and a little anxious — to hear Nicole’s story. Some part of me wondered if I would feel guilty — for not persisting in my breastfeeding attempts — after hearing Nicole’s story. And I know that’s exactly the opposite of the message of the campaign.
After e-mailing with her and doing our interview, no, I certainly do not feel judged by Nicole. I’m thrilled that this campaign has given me a chance to get to know someone a little bit that I wouldn’t have otherwise met and whose experiences have been so different from mine. I hope Nicole and I can carry on the conversation about supporting women with each other and on our blogs. Join us!
- Join the Twitter party on August 7th at 8 p.m. (EST) and 5 p.m. (PST). Women will be sharing “truths” about their feeding choices and connecting with other women for support. You can find the Twitter party at the hastag #isupportyou.
Here’s my interview with Nicole:
JESSICA: Please share a brief summary of your feeding experience.
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
A wonderful interview. The “debates” and “sides” in parenting choices are completely frustrating for me. Breastfeed or bottle feed, co-sleep or not, sleep-train or not… the list goes on and on. It stuns me how many people get judgmental when it comes to parenting choices. If anything, this is where we need more understanding! We are individuals parenting individuals… therefore our choices should be individual.
I whole-heartedly agree with Nicole’s advice of trusting your gut. We know ourselves and our children best… go with that instinct (it’s there for a reason).
I’m so thrilled I found your blog Jessica. You always make me think.
Wishing you a lovely day.
Love this whole thing.
Kristi Campbell says
I support you both! And yes, we all need to do what is right for us and for our families.
Jessica, I applaud you for partaking in this. You’ve outdone yourself yet again. For so many of us motherhood and guilt goes hand in hand. The last thing we need is an outsider confirming our guilt, which is often the case with baby feeding choices. What an important initiative, and thank you so much for raising awareness to the question of choice.