People are so quick to take offense. Moms especially. (That is the particular subject of this blog.)
Any little thing is a reason to spring into hysterical mommy mania. Not every mother is like this at all. But there are some I refer to as... well, fanatics.
I love to breastfeed my son. I think it's the greatest thing in the world. And despite all the cracking, bleeding, infections, and pumping, I stubbornly persevere because I think it is one of the best things I will ever do for my child. But do I strongly believe that others should feel the way I do? No.
Boob-happy moms are oblivious to one simple fact. You hate people who force formula and bad-mouth bewb juice. Let me ask you something. WHAT MAKES YOU ANY BETTER????
The moms who get MOST offended and QUICKLY offended are more often than not the moms who bash formula just as badly. Can we just live and let live? You are bringing NO ONE to your cause that way. Can we accept the fact that we are blessed with free will and trust that loving mothers know what is best for their child? I'll admit, sometimes I doubt some mothers and their level of love and committment, but I have presence of mind to keep it to myself - IF the baby is suffering no harm.
Also, PLEASE stop intimidating women. Breastfeeding moms are held to such a high standard. POP A NIPPLE OUT IN PUBLIC! IT'S YOUR RIGHT! HEAVEN FORBID ANYONE INSULT YOU BY ASKING TO FEED THE BABY WITH A BOTTLE!! NEVER DRINK ALCOHOL - EVARRR!!! PACIFIERS ARE THE *DEVIL*!!!
You catch my drift? Loosen up. I'll NEVER feed my child in public without sufficient cover. Uncomfortable people make me uncomfortable. And I highly doubt I'll be nursing my child at two. There is NOTHING wrong with either. Some moms feel like they're expected to reach for this ridiculously high standard and so don't even bother to try! And I think that's very sad. Accept the fact that the world is not comfortable with breastfeeding. The media shoves boobs in everybody's face as a sex object. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE BRED TO BELIEVE. How can you tell people they are wrong for what they've been told their whole life?
Moms are meant to be compassionate and understanding. Not judgmental and overbearing. Can we all calm down?? Just a tad? Please??
Sigh. Time to get back to work. I shall vent more later.