Just a few terms recently created to describe a breastfeeding activist. A breastfeeding activist is one who is incredibly passionate about breastfeeding and all the positive consequences that come with it. A breastfeeding activist does NOT bash or shame other mums, they encourage mums to breastfeed and spread factual information. For some reason, many people are awfully offended by facts and get so defensive that they can turn to name calling. Now, usually insults don’t bother me, I honestly don’t care. Call me the ‘breastfeeding police’ for simply trying to help a new mum carry on breastfeeding if she’s having problems, call me ‘judgy’ for sharing a factual article but don’t you DARE compare me to a Nazi.
I’ve said this in previous posts but it’s so important for mums to understand that facts are not attacks. Letting someone know the risks attached to something is not telling them that they are a bad mum. Helping a struggling mum is not being ‘judgy’ in any way, shape or form. SO why on earth do people feel the need to compare someone who is trying to help and inform to a Nazi? Like, you do realise that Nazi’s killed millions upon millions of people?! I’m pretty sure you don’t need a history lesson but it makes me so mad that people use this word so casually. It may not be a big deal to you but using this term is not only offensive to someone like me- someone who loves to help other mums succeed in breastfeeding- but it’s definitely offensive to those who have been affected by the Holocaust and it most definitely undermines their struggles, hardships, deaths, sacrifices and utterly soul destroying experiences.
So please, think before you use these terms. Open your eyes and realise that breastfeeding activists aren’t out to get all you formula feeders, not at all. We want to help those who want to breastfeed and we want to carry on spreading information about the importance of breastmilk in hopes that more mums will want to breastfeed.
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