I know that the reason I feel certain breastfeeding organisations demonise formula is because the representatives I encountered personally with my first baby did. To my face. Even comping DD was not acceptable to the representatives that I spoke to. The child health clinic I went to was next door to their local office, and demonise they did, as often as they could. This is not to say that every rep for that organisation does the same, I understand this.
For me it was not your support of bf that indicated that you were anti not bf. It is possible to be both pro breast and pro bottle. I have done both, I support both, and any friend of mine would agree with this. Comments that ff or bottle feeding are not things to celebrate, and the insinuation that mothers who decide to ff are failing and therefore should not be encouraged to celebrate due to this failure definitely gave me the impression that you were anti ff.
The thing with ff, is that there is no place where mums are officially supported. Even the companies that sell the formula are required by law to berate parents who ff by putting breast is best literature on their products. Ditto their websites. Every time a ff feeds their child, they are reminded of the fact that there is no support allowed for them. And then they come to safe places, forum threads specifically created for them to be supported in their journey, and even within this safe place they are told they should not be allowed to celebrate. Can you understand how hurtful and damaging this is?
If I went into celebrate bf thread and told posters they were not allowed to celebrate, I would be crucified. And rightly so! Obviously I would never do this, mothers who bf are amazing, same as the ones who ff. Mothers who love their children, regardless of the food they provide, are amazing in my eyes. And I respect their celebration.
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