Feeling good about how we feed our babies
Why mothers aren’t required to breastfeed even though it’s good for their child
If breastfeeding is good for this child, this gives the mother a reason to breastfeed: it is worthwhile for her to do it.
We treat her as if she has a duty to breastfeed: she has to breastfeed unless she has a good excuse.
But when something is good, this normally only gives me a reason to do it, not a duty.
So the benefits of breastfeeding might give a reason to breastfeed but not a duty to do it.
How we feed our babies matters a lot, but it is a very personal decision. We need to make sure women have all the information and support they need – and then trust them to work out the best thing for themselves and their babies.