Ah forgive me. I guess I assumed it was bottlefeeding formula as it is generally accepted shorthand for not breastfeeding, rather than elm or pumping mums etc. And I have not read the original thread. This might be obvious.
To clarify, i have already stated my views on supporting mums. My beef would be with the terminology. The word celebrate used in that context seems inappropriate. Especially because of the grief and failure that mums experience when breastfeeding doesn't work out.
It isn't a celebration. That's not to say that many mums aren't bloody heroes going through all they did and the hardships that brought them to bottlefeeding. Or that it isn't a wonderful bonding experience when a mum who has decided to bottlfeed gives that first feed to a tiny newborn.
It's just that breastfeeding rates are low and I think that it has to be considered that while not coercing mums to bottlfeed, language used this way could be seen as promoting bottlefeeding ;equalizing it with breastfeeding.
On an individual level bottlefeeding may be as good as breastfeeding for you and your family (and as individuals bottlefeeding families DO need positive support) however on a larger community level breastfeeding needs to be supported and promoted. For this reason i don't agree with the wording.
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And thank you find my lunch. I didn't know that and i can see that a section like that would be a great supportive space
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Last edited by misskittyfantastico; 23-01-2013 at 21:14.
I'm tryin hard to be as polite as I can be here - but who are you to say ffers can't celebrate? gahhh time to log off, I feel my blood boiling
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There are many things I loved about bottle feeding DD, and I celebrate those things. She is healthy and has grown into a wonderful little girl, and I celebrate that. Many mums choose to bottlefeed, and feel no grief - only celebration.
It is not for you, or anyone else, to decide what someone can celebrate. If you do not celebrate it, that's fine too. But I would respectfully suggest this is not the section for you.
I would also say that this is a thread for celebrating bottlefeeding, and not debating bottle vs breast. All who came to this thread came to talk positively about it. If that's not for you, then there are many other threads on BH that support BF.
For many on this thread bottlefeeding was absolutely equal to, or better than, BF.
No one is out to convert breastfeeders. We are here to cheer each other on, and enjoy the way in which we feed our children.
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