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Judgment for not breastfeeding

Join Author & Blogger Jill Smokler, Parent Educator Sarah McCormick, Mom Annie Wilcox, and Bottle Up Author, Suzanne Barston as they discuss the negative judgments that can arise from not breastfeeding, and how important it is to support these hard-working mothers. There is often a lot of pressure to breastfeed, but not all mothers feel comfortable and not all babies are good at it, which can be a challenge. Instead of placing unnecessary judgment on these hard-working moms, people should respect their decision to not breastfeed.


- I think, not breastfeeding my own children was the source of the most judgment from mothers of all ages, and friends of mine, and family members of mine. I really wanted to breast feed, I couldn't, it didn't matter that I wanted to, it didn't matter that I couldn't. I shouldn't have received that judgment from anybody. I had friends threaten to breastfeed my own children because they weren't getting breast milk from me. It was horrifying and it made me feel awful, it made me feel like a ... Read more

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