Mums have enough of a hard time without getting criticised for whether they bottle-feed or breastfeed their babies.
So says actress Jaime King (Pearl Harbour, Hart of Dixie), who started something of a rallying cry when she recently posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her son James:
“These are the moments a mother lives for,” she wrote. “Breastfeeding should not be taboo – and bottle feeding should not be judged – it’s ALL fun for the whole family.”
That post got 19,000 likes, and the “most beautiful responses,” she said afterwards.
“I feel like now that I’m a mother, I realise that there’s a huge schism out there; that women feel judged because of what they choose to do and how they choose to feed their child. Why should we hide it?”
She got a huge reaction, and “The responses from mothers were so grateful because there have been people out in the media being very judgmental, saying women have to breastfeed, or have to do this or have to do that.”
Besides, when Rihanna appeared practically nude in a net dress on the red carpet last week “She looked beautiful,” said Jaime. “So why is there a problem for a woman to be nude nourishing her child?”
“I also wanted to share the idea that it doesn’t matter whether you breastfeed or formula feed –as long as you are loving and caring for your child, that’s all that matters.”