I just read an article on Yahoo! Health that made my blood boil.
Maybe it was the verbiage.
“… potential risks for her newborn…”
Maybe it was the fact that it’s incredibly one sided.
“… not engaging in this behavior as often as we would like to see…”
Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve LIVED though this, while the author of this article has clearly not.
I try to stay neutral when it comes to controversial topics such as breastfeeding because I think a mother should be able to do what’s best for her family without being judged.
I’m an advocate of breastfeeding, but I’m a stronger advocate of mental health awareness.
And I’m so, so angry right now because someone I’ve never met – someone who has never heard my story or seen my face – is judging my decision to stop breastfeeding.
And to that I say, “F*CK YOU”.
I’m not someone who’s easily offended and I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion, even the opinions I don’t agree with. That’s what makes this world go around.
But to anyone and everyone who has ever judged a mother for putting a bottle in her baby’s mouth? Shame on you.
When Blake was four weeks old, I had some very important decisions to make.
Do I start back on medication? Or do I continue down this slippery slope?
Do I go see my doctor right away? Or do I stay on this path of self destruction?
Do I get the help I need? Or do I jump off the freeway over pass?
I didn’t stop breastfeeding because I was tired. Or because of vanity. Or because I just didn’t want to deal with it.
I stopped because my life – and the life of my family – depended on it.
And if I didn’t stop? I wouldn’t be here today.
We will NEVER see the end of mental illness stigmas if we continue to treat each other this way.
THINK before judging a mother’s decision to breastfeed (or not).