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Witty Reaction From A New Mom Shamed For Bottle-Feeding Shows The Sad Truth About Breastfeeding Campaigns

Date November 6, 2018 12:02

Did you know that nursing mothers get shamed for breastfeeding in public places almost as much as they are likely to be called out for feeding their babies with formula?

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The dark side of 'breast is best' campaigns

It turns out, people aren't just asking moms to cover up. They don't want them feeding their babies with shelf-bought formulas, either.

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A Romper article gave the heartbreaking account of 14 women who opened up about the depression and anxiety they suffered after strangers shamed them for opting to feed their children formula, either fully or as a supplement. One mom, Deepa, said:

An elderly lady told me my baby was adorable, and then asked if he was adopted because I was bottle-feeding.

A heartfelt letter from a bottle-shamed mom

New mom Annie Ferguson Muscato can totally relate to Deepa's experience. On Facebook, she wrote an open letter to the stranger at a Target retail shop, who accosted her as she was buying baby formula just to tell her 'breast is best'.

Annie shared the excitement with which she and her husband had anticipated breastfeeding, and their struggle to feed their baby girl naturally.

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In desperation, this new mom says she had to cut out anything in her diet that made her breast milk indigestible for her daughter. In addition, she had to visit the pediatrician twice a week. 

Is breastfeeding all hype?

Nothing worked except for the hypoallergenic dairy-protein-free formula she was trying to get when the stranger accosted her. Annie shared the letter to call attention to this sad bottle-shaming trend, adding that finding a product that finally worked was such a relief for her that she cried. She said:

Because I thought breast was best. I thought my body failed her. I thought she wouldn't be as healthy on formula. I know you think I must not care or I'm lazy, or maybe you were genuinely trying to be helpful and thought no one had ever told me the benefits of breastfeeding. But, you are wrong.

This honest and brave mom is urging women to think about the backstory before they pass judgment on nursing moms.

She wants moms to support each other and her call to action is 'fed is best' instead of 'breast is best'.

What's more, an article on Psychology Today backs her up with a study showing that breastfeeding in developed countries could mostly be hype.

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The article, based on research by journalist Elisabeth Badinter, points out that baby formulas these days mimic the advantages of breast milk. It's time to stop bottle shaming moms!

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