The newest TIME magazine cover frustrates me. It was so distastefully done. That is not how a mother would hold a breastfeeding child, whether he was a baby or a toddler. And the words “Are You Mom Enough?” are so far beyond uncalled for it’s rediculous. It by no means supported breastfeeding, bottle feeding, attachment parenting, or any other parenting style. In my opinion it created a more negative outlook on extended breastfeeding. This cover was created for one specific reason: to create controversy, in turn increases revenue. Shame on them. This is exactly why I have a love hate relationship with the media. The media can create so much good but in the end many times it exploits people and creates more controversy than is needed. As if our society needs more. It’s disheartening and really needs to change.
I didn’t breastfeed my first two children. To be completely honest, it didn’t interest me and I was uncomfortable with it. I did breastfeed my last two children with every ounce of my being. I tried every tip and trick from breastfeeding gurus. Due to medical issues and waiting to long to start with my third and prematurity with my fourth, I was only able to breastfeed/pump for 8 weeks. I know it was the best decision for me and my babies to stop. But in the moment I didn’t feel that way. I felt defeated, incompetent, and emotionally/physically drained. All partially due to the pressures that “breastfeeding is best.”
We all have so many things in common. At the end of the day we all have the same overall goal in mind. We want to make the best choices we can for our family at any given time. Putting forth every ounce of our being to give our children everything they need to thrive. Every mother in this world who does just that, regardless of there choice in parenting, is more that “Mom Enough!”
We need to Unite, fight back, and say