I breastfed four babies. I also bottle-fed them. For a variety of reasons I had to express and then feed via a bottle with my first baby. The prejudice I encountered (mostly from complete strangers) because I was ‘bottle-feeding’ (regardless of what was in the bottle) was extraordinary and extremely confronting as a new mother. But it was also a valuable learning experience. From the outset, I learnt that mothers do what they have to do to get by, to be happy and to make it work for them. And I didn’t judge another mother’s choices or situation because of that.
So keeping that non-judgemental tone in mind, check out Bottle Babies. It’s a website that has been set up to support parents that are bottle-feeding and to educate society about bottle-feeding, acknowledging that the way in which a parent responsibly feeds a child has no impact on the type of parents they are.
“All parents deserve respect, understanding and good advice in regard to feeding their child…”
As well as offering emotional support, there’s all sorts of practical advice – it’s an excellent and much needed resource for basic information such as which bottle to use, how to clean bottles, the ins and outs of formula and much more. I certainly found that when I was seeking information it was invariably biased by the commercial interest of formula and bottle brands.
The word ‘non-judgemental’ has been used a couple of times in this post – remember that when you hit the ‘Comments’ section!