Nine News tonight reported that a "mother from Albury claims that her local Woolworths supermarket don't stock newborn formula because newborn babies should be breastfed."
Should a supermarket be able to force their opinion onto their community? Image source: www.freedigitalphotos.net "Stock Of Milk Bottle Front Focus On White Background Stock Photo" By Keerati.
If this claim is in fact correct, this is appalling. Now, I have chosen and been lucky enough to be able to breastfeed both my children - however, I am a strong believer in the mother's right to choose their method of feeding, as long as the baby is receiving the right nutrition.
There are so many reasons why a mother may choose or not be able to breastfeed;
perhaps the mother tried and couldn't keep up the supply;
the mother may need to return to work early and might choose to enjoy the early days with her little one instead of stressing about expressing;
breastfeeding may make the mother feel uncomfortable; or
the baby may have an underlying reason, such as a tongue tie, and simply cannot latch on correctly.
Whatever the reason, in most cases, I am certain that the mother did not make the decision to bottle feed easily.
As a society, we need to support our mothers without judgement and simply give them a pat on the back for doing their best at what is, in my opinion, the hardest role in the world.
What do you think about this supermarket allegedly refusing to sell newborn formula because they believe breast is best?