We’re a little tired of all the fuss over feeding choices.
After working with all different families, here’s what we know:
Breastfeeding is a great way to get to know your baby and meet their needs.
Formula feeding is a fabulous way to bond with your baby, especially when you’re holding them so close.
Pumping for your baby is an amazing commitment that you should be proud of.
And using donor milk means you have an amazing village supporting feeding your baby.
We also know that sometimes feeding method is not a choice.
Tube feeding your baby can be an emotionally tough journey that ultimately saves your baby’s life and helps them thrive.
Recognizing the need to supplement, even when that wasn’t in the plan, ensures your baby is happy, healthy and fed, and that is what matters.
When we regard any one of these feeding methods as best, it places all feeding methods on a hierarchy. It leaves mothers and fathers open for judgment by a society that places too much emphasis on feeding choice and with little support, regardless of feeding method.
It means support for breastfeeding looks more like preaching “breast is best” rather than non-jugmental support and clinical guidance that is able to attune to an individual’s needs.
It means bottle feeding support is virtually non-existent.
It means mothers who want to breastfeed but feel they can’t anymore and lacked a support system often feel guilt for switching to formula because of the stigma society has placed on it and breastfeeding is not what they expected.
It means tube feeding families are often out of the picture all together.
It means we need to do better, not the food source. We need to do better to recognize the individual needs of every family that may affect how they choose to feed their baby. We need to accept that their needs are likely different than our own. We need to know that they are doing the right thing for their family, and it is ok if it’s not our right thing.
We love the viral display of the Tree of Life pictures, not just for the effort to normalize breastfeeding, but for seeing families proudly show themselves feeding their babies through breast, bottle, a breast pump, and a tube. We saw babies being fed and loved. Regardless of where the roots originated from, a beautiful tree blossomed.
There is no better. There is no best. There is feeding your baby.
When the hierarchy of feeding choices is broken down, the strong emotions surrounding infant feeding experienced by the mother are eliminated and everyone can simply enjoy this form of bonding and nourishing their baby, whatever that looks like for you.
We are proud to display the many feeding methods of families in Miami and Broward: