A lot of the time in the media, we are told about what is “normal” or “acceptable” in society and this applies to the way mothers are feeding their bubs. This is harmful because every mother has a unique set of circumstances which may restrict them to certain methods that may not appear “the norm”. Through the development of our campaign motherknowsbest, we truly stand behind the notion of supporting other women instead of telling them what is “right”, because, at the end of the day, we should be helping others instead of putting them down for their choices. An article by Romper shows the negative side of shaming mothers on their feeding choices.
Mumtastic shares a lovely article about how it is OK not to breastfeed, and we are in full support of her kind words!
We’ve also shared personal experiences such as Isabella’s on why she absolutely loves breastfeeding and are equally in support of her experiences.
We want to create a community of mothers that lift other mothers up and here are 3 tips on how you can contribute to positive support:
1. If you haven’t got something nice to say, don’t say it at all.
It is an age-old piece of advice that our mothers told us and it still stands true today. On social media, there is so much opportunity for love but a lot of the times, all we see is criticising of others. Try to be aware of what you say, even if you feel passionately against someone else’s view. We should aim to be nice, rather than give into arguments. Spread the love!
2. Find a positive community to engage with
On Facebook, we’ve found the Fed Is Best Foundation which provides productive and helpful information about feeding choices. Mothers on here share their experiences and support other mothers as well. Joining a positive community like Fed Is Best Foundation will help you be a supporter of others!
3. Listen and observe, respect others’ opinions
With new research like this every day, there are a lot of conversations about what the best methods of feeding your bub are, and it can be very overwhelming to receive so much information. When you do have something to say, make sure to respect their opinion, even if it may not match yours. We want to build a community where important debates can be held at a productive level, rather than personal attacks. And with everything on the internet, it’s good to take with a grain of salt.
Have you experienced negativity online? Let us know how you’ve dealt with it and how you contribute to supporting other mothers! We want new mums to have the support and not feel alienated, which is why motherknowsbest is a safe space for mothers to share their experiences and find information on feeding methods.