An open letter to the momma who didn't (or couldn't) breastfeed:
So it's World Breastfeeding Week. And if you have Instagram, I'm sure you're already aware of this by the flood of pictures of women proudly breastfeeding their babes.
For those of us that didn't do extended breastfeeding (or maybe you chose not to/couldn't breastfeed at all) these photos might bring feelings of guilt, shame, or make you feel a tiny bit annoyed. Shoot, I find that it makes me feel a little guilty, even though I did get to breastfeed for a tiny bit (I CHOSE to switch to formula at 4-ish months for my mental health. Gasp!).
In truth, those women are simply proud of themselves, and it's totally justified. They have every right to be. But so do we.
If you feel like you failed somehow- I'm here to remind you that no matter how you feed/fed your baby- FED IS BEST. End of story.
Sure, we may not have perfectly curated photos of us breastfeeding our children. Or one of those obligatory Tree of Life photos to share. And we haven't documented on social media that we breastfed in every public place imaginable.
But we do have beautiful little babies who are loved beyond measure, and who will be raised to the best of our abilities to be amazing human beings.
That's what really matters.
So if this week is hard for you, I get it.
We don't get a week of celebrating. There's not an International Fed is Best week, or an International Formula Feeding week. Or an International You Did What's Best For You and Your Family so Good For You week.
So here's some inclusion for you.
For those of us that stay silent during this week, and scroll quickly past the dozens of Instagram posts. This is for you.
For those of you that truly tried, and wanted breastfeeding to happen, but it just didn't work out. This is for you.
For those of you who gave your baby formula and as a result, a happier momma. This is for you.
Remember what an amazing momma you are.
You fed them. You met their needs. You woke up to feed your baby every few hours during the night. Your skin gave them comfort. Your love has helped them thrive.
Your instincts are never wrong.