Breastfeeding debate……….again!

Kerry Gibb

Kerry Gibb is a mum to four lively boys and the author of It's A Kid's Life - a series of books aimed at children aged 7 - 11 years old.

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8 Responses

  1. Ivonne says:

    You couldn’t have written it better! I agree! My first didn’t have as much as my second an my third, the decision is ours 🙂

  2. Cheryl says:

    Hi Kerry,
    Enjoyed reading your post and thankyou for sticking up for mothers who choose to bottle feed. I have 5 children aged from 8-18. It was my choice to bottle feed all 5 as I never felt comfortable with the idea of breastfeeding. All 5 are strong healthy people and we are a close family. I have never felt that they have missed out in any way by the choice I made. However, I am so tired and angered by the constant pressure and articles about breastfeeding being better for babies. Maybe its how I interpret them but I feel like they are really slatting mothers who have bottle fed and judging them. Every mother has the right to do what’s best for her family and no one has the right to judge. Thankyou

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Thanks for your comment Cheryl. I am so pleased you enjoyed it. There is so much pressure on mum’s today that it is good to give people a bit of a reality check sometimes. x

  3. Antoinette says:

    I tried and failed too, definitely not the natural way to go when for so many it’s unnatural! Thanks for sharing your experiences Kerry, you are an inspiration! 🙂

  4. I have briefly touched on this subject in my own blog, for me it is still something that causes a rise of emotions when I go there. I breast fed my first child for 13 months, but the reality is I also bottle fed her for that long also. Let me explain. I never made enough milk to feed her fully, so I topped up at every feed. She latched on perfectly, I never had pain, difficulty or discomfort. She was keen to feed and knew what to do, but no matter what I tried my milk never increased. I spent a week in a breastfeeding clinic, plus day visits, midwives came to my home. I had natural remedies and medication, pumps, feeding tubes. My breasts never even changed size during my pregnancies. It broke my heart, I felt embarrassed giving her a bottle in public. People close to me told me just see a lactation consultant and you’ll be fine, (did that), everyone can breast feed, they told me (no they can’t). I hated being judged. Anyway I just wish people would lay off mums who bottle feed.

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Well said Mackenzie. It is so frustrating when people think all you need to do is see a lactation specialist. People just need to realise that whereas that may help some and hopefully does, in some cases we just do not have enough milk for our little ones. xx

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