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My pennies worth on #Bressure

So it seems social media has gone a little crazy today with the hashtag #Bressure, which I believe was instigated by Channel Mum. (By the way if you don't follow them then where have you been? It is full of mums just like us talking about all kinds of issues and they blog and vlog!) I believe that the idea was to show support for mums however they feed their babies, if that be my bottle or breast. I don't think it was designed to be pro - breast feeding, although that seems to be how the media have spun it, as usual. 

And as usual the media have caused a big controversy around it, how many times will this argument go around? Women have been feeding their babies forever, and that is all it is, as simple as a mother feeding her child milk whether that be in a bottle or from her breast. SIMPLE. This pressure shouldn't exist and this controversy definitely shouldn't either. 

I was lucky in that I was able to breastfeed Daisy relatively comfortably and easily from day one, yes I had that initial first few weeks where it felt the world was against me, she wasn't getting enough milk, her weight was dropping far more than the professionals wanted her to and it bloody well killed!!! I thought labour was bad enough!!! Not what you want when you have just had other regions of your body torn into pieces as well! But it was all worth it for me and I enjoyed it once that first month was over with. It was time for me and my Daisy and nobody else. I am not saying you can't do that with a bottle, because I did combi feed her too eventually and so I am 100% all for bottle feeding! But it was nice to be able to escape or her pinch her back and have her to myself for a while. Although when we introduced a bottle it was also nice to be able to escape for a few hours or go to bed early and leave her with daddy for a while! 

Combi feeding was not easy. Daisy didn't want a bottle at all. It took some serious persuasion and tears (from us both!) to get her to take to it. One day it just clicked though! 

Anyway, I digress. I read a blog post from Another Bun this morning on this topic and thought to myself she got it bang on!! Here is the post.

 A sentence that touched me the most was "Feeling #bressure (regardless of whether you wanted to breastfeed or not) isn't the sad thing here. It's that we have allowed ourselves to get so wrapped up in the defence of our parenting that we can no longer see the bigger picture.  And that's a crying shame." 

And it really is so true, why do we judge people for their own choices? 

Lots of love, 

Hayley xxx


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