I’ve posted on this topic before, but since KellyMom.com is a “recommended” source I keep encountering, I feel the need to regularly address the topic. When moms look for advice (online, specifically), other mothers pass KellyMom on as a valid, reputable resource. But the fact is, KellyMom is anything but a trusted source of information. Why? Before you unfairly judge me as a hater, let me explain: KellyMom does not provide “evidence-based information” – it provides biased information and neglects all other research. You might be wondering, what’s the problem with that as long as its helping breastfeeding moms? Well, the problem is that no matter what you believe, the truth is the truth.
KellyMom publishes articles with photos like the one pictured below (here’s the article in it’s entirety – but just take a quick glance):
Aside from the fact that I have no idea what “Image Cresit” is, I am also disturbed by the fact that a woman is “breastfeeding” her baby by allowing the child to suck milk from a tube that’s attached to her boob. Yeah, breastfeeding is natural – having a contraption attached to your tits is not.
Before you call me a heartless bitch (or if you already have, but cannot tear yourself away from the post), let me clear something up: I am not trying to embarrass the women who have done the above pictured feeding method. I am, however, trying to make it stop. Right now. Because, you know what? Raising a baby is so difficult, whether you work, stay at home, breastfeed, or formula feed. It doesn’t matter if you do everything “right”. Taking care of a baby is hard. And we don’t need to make it even more difficult by embarrassing or shaming women into thinking that they absolutely must breastfeed. Or if they can’t, then they need to strap some contraption to their chest to simulate the act. Seriously.
Also, making moms who can’t or choose not to breastfeed feel inadequate is absolute bullshit. When was the last time a doctor or professional asked you if you were formula fed or breastfed? Oh, what was that? You’ve never been asked that by a doctor? Or a job interviewer? On a college application? Hmm. Maybe it’s because IT DOESN’T ACTUALLY MATTER.
There’s so much hype about putting your boobs in an infant’s mouth – to the point that it has become absolutely creepy. And enough is enough. The nursing propaganda needs to end. Women who are obsessed with the breast need to find another hobby and stop attacking women who cannot or choose not to breastfeed. Just stop. Because, honestly, the breastfeeding nazis are the ones who should be ashamed. Really? Hooking a bag and a tube up to a woman’s boob is normal? Natural? Convenient? Less stressful than a bottle? Come on, now. It’s time to actually educate yourselves on what’s best for women – not fearlessly defend confirmation bias and misinformation.