Mum posted a photo feeding her 13-month-old daughter, Aoife, with a bottle and the crowd went wild!
Rennie’s bottle-feeding photo soon went viral with support flooding in for the outspoken mum.
The mum explains she’s using her powerful Instagram post to fight against the mummy guilt that often accompanies mothers’ breastfeeding (or not) decisions.
She wrote –
“I still feel guilty every day that I’m not breastfeeding Aoife anymore. Because mum guilt is a HUGE BITCH. I had my reasons for stopping.
So many reasons (she took hours to B’feed, it wasn’t fair on Harry, so many latching probs meant too much air then too much wind and reflux, ohh and my PND and anxiety…).
At 4 months we called it quits and it was such a painful decision. Life definitely got easier, we were all a lot happier. But I still, 8 months on, think I gave up too easily. I didn’t, I know that, but I still can’t help being really hard on myself…
Add to that the stare I got from a woman today at the park when I pulled out Aoife’s bottle… Jesus, it was SO judgey. The thing is, FED is best. Aoife was (and still is) more satisfied on the bottle. It doesn’t matter how we feed our babies, as long as it’s safe and they’re nourished and happy.
Never doubt your choices, you have to do what’s right for you and your whole family – whether that be breastfeeding until they’re toddlers or never being able to even start. And tell mum guilt to just F OFF”
”There’s too much judgement out there about the different choices a mum can make,” she said. “As long as it’s safe for the baby, why should we judge another mum for however she chooses to ‘mum’?”
Rennie added that she’s faced a lot of judgment over her nearly three years of motherhood. When she decided to increase her son’s daycare hours when her second child arrived, one mum told her online, “Why have another baby if you can’t even take care of the one you have already?”
“Daycare or not, breastfeeding or not, it’s all the same ― we make the right choices for us and our family, and it’s no one’s business but our own,” the mum said.
Rennie told HuffPost her wish is simple: to see mums stop judging other mums.
“I know it’s partly inherent, but if you have an opinion and it’s negative, just keep it to yourself,” she said. “You don’t need to criticize anyone publicly, or stare disapprovingly. We’re all doing the best we can, and no one is perfect.”
AGREED! Good on you mum! Well said.
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