Feeling good about how we feed our babies

What happens if we assume that if breastfeeding is good for the child, mothers have a duty to breastfeed?

If there is a duty to breastfeed

You have to do your duty unless you have a good excuse.

Then, if breastfeeding is good for the child, mothers have to breastfeed unless they have a good excuse.

If there is a reason to breastfeed

Reasons help us to make decisions.

If there is a duty to breastfeed

If you don’t do your duty, other people can ask you why.

Then, if breastfeeding is good for the child, other people can demand to know why you aren’t breastfeeding.

Leads to: calls to justify not breastfeeding

If there is a reason to breastfeed

Other people should support you in your decision.

If there is a duty to breastfeed

If you don’t have a good excuse, they can blame you and you should feel guilty.

Then, if breastfeeding is good for the child, mothers who don’t breastfeed should feel guilty.

Leads to: Guilt and shame for formula feeding

If there is a reason to breastfeed

It can be worth doing something for a good reason even if it isn’t easy.

If we think like this, it might feel like the only way to escape the guilt and shame is to DENY that breastfeeding is good for the child.

So…. Talking about the benefits of breastfeeding feels like an attempt to those who use formula milk feel guilty:

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