Mums who breastfeed are to be given shopping vouchers, according to the news today.
Yes, the latest way to erode a parent’s choice to choose what is best is with the introduction of shopping vouchers dished out to mums who are good girls and do the best thing for their baby.
Yes, we all know breast is best. That fact’s bashed over our heads enough as it is, we’re not daft.
It’s full of nutrients for baby, it makes them brainy, and if they drink enough of it they may develop super powers and fly around the room a’la Superman. (Some of that sentence may or not be entirely accurate. You get my drift, though.)
Whereas if you formula feed, they’ll be obese, thick as two short planks, and you’re just emotionally STUNTING them. (Again, I’m not being entirely serious here.)
It’s formula, not arsenic. They’re not going to drop down dead after a bottle of SMA, or Cow and Gate or whatever. It’s a perfectly viable alternative to breastmilk.
How is the lure of some shopping vouchers going to suddenly make people think “oooh, new clothes, now THAT’LL make me breastfeed?!”
Not everyone can do it, or indeed wants to. Why are some people so intent on taking away the right to choose? I’d say an unhappy mum was more detrimental to a baby than glugging formula.
If you can breastfeed, then fine, as it is the best option.
If you can’t, are struggling, or are unhappy with it and want to formula feed, that should also be fine.
Leave us alone to choose!