World Breastfeeding Week 2015

Today is day one of World Breastfeeding Week 2015 and I'm conflicted. On one hand, I want to be all "heck yes, breastfeeding!" and on the other hand, I'm sensitive to the fact that breastfeeding is a challenging and emotional topic for some people.

I think that breastfeeding is healthy for babies and it's healthy for mamas and I want to provide support and encouragement to anyone who needs it. But I also think that formula is a valid choice (as is combo-feeding). I'm struggling because I want to acknowledge World Breastfeeding Week but I don't want it to feel like a slap in the face for those women who couldn't breastfeed or chose not to breastfeed for whatever reason.

Do you (or did you) feel supported in your infant feeding choices, whatever they may be? Do you feel like the conversation surrounding breastfeeding / formula feeding is difficult to navigate? Do you wish it was easier to talk about the way we feed our babies? How can we shift the conversation so people don't feel judged or excluded or defensive when talking about infant feeding?

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