You will either agree or disagree with me on this post but I feel so strongly about it that I had to bite the bullet and air my views. Having read an article this week in my local paper concerning breast feeding I was outraged at the arrogance of the reporter. Not to mention her contradiction in terms. When Amy was born I never even contemplated breast feeding her; SMA powdered milk did the job and a good job it did too. But Ms Davies reckons breast feeding "should not" be a choice. In other words, it should be compulsory and every new mum should be "made" to feed her baby in this way. And then she goes on to mention the Equality Act which was passed in April which surely allows women more liberation and choices. A little contradictory, I thought. And then she tells us "Breast milk is the best thing for our children"; My daughter did absolutely fine on formula, thank you very much; adding, "it's benefits are many, they have less gastroenteritis, chest, ear and urinary infections, childhood diabetes, asthma, eczema, and obesity (of course, I thought) than babies who are formula fed".
She continued, "I wanted to give my child the best start in life". SO DID I. So did all the millions of other parents who are actually unable to breast feed, or who, get this, choose not to. I'm surprised Ms Davies doesn't say anything about autism and that breast milk will prevent it. I have read a lot about breast feeding recently, a lot of very useful, informative and helpful articles. This one I found ignorant, dictating and extremely unhelpful to new and vulnerable mothers who simply need support and encouragement when presented with their new born. Ms Davies does talk about statistics, comparing the UK to various other countries, mentioning we are the worst country of breast feeding mothers, and it is still frowned upon in many public places when a mother feeds her baby. This is, however, to be stopped due to the new Equality Act. I was asked once by a midwife during my pregnancy if I intended to breast feed and I gave her a firm answer of No. Nothing more was said. When Amy was born I was given a small bottle of formula and it went from there. Choices are there to be taken; shouldn't it be a woman's right to breast feed or bottle feed? We don't live in the dark ages anymore, Ms Davies.