Can't we all just get along?
In the wake of last week's Simulac recall, there has been an enormous preponderance of "Breast is Best" and "Breast milk Never Gets Recalled" comments all over the media. Why must a formula recall bring such smugness and feelings of superiority in so many pro-breastfeeding advocates?
Yes, in the best of all possible situations, breast milk is probably what's best for babies. Best situation includes a healthy full term baby, a mother who is able to take proper care of herself and has access to the help she needs to get her nursing off to the right start, a mother who has the desire to breast feed and will not completely resent her baby and so on and so forth.
I just don't understand the need for women to put down other women who have, for whatever reason on or out of their control, made the choice to formula feed. Isn't it hard enough to be a mom without other moms militantly attacking your parenting?!
I find it more than a bit hypocritical when I hear certain self-proclaimed Attachment Parents talk about how EVERYONE should co-sleep and EVERYONE should breastfeed and EVERYONE should be wearing their baby in a sling all the time. Clearly these are parenting strategies for some that would send other folks absolutely resenting every waking moment with their new baby. Being mean-spirited about other people's parenting styles doesn't boost your own parenting skills any, now does it?