We are by no means anti-breastfeeding or being discriminatory by not featuring breastfeeding pictures in our campaign; we are just acutely aware of how these can affect some people who seek out our network. Our movement and support is for bottle-feeders, there is nothing for breastfeeders to feel offended about.
Elena Davies has been breastfeeding her daughter Lily since she was 12 weeks - however it wasn't an easy journey. In this vlog, Elena discusses their story, exploring her desire to 'prove my body worked' after losing her son, Aneurin, at 34 weeks and her disappointment when it was suggested she formula fed Lily instead.
I'll hasten to point out that I don't in any way regret my decision to be a mother. This is not a "what a mistake" type thought. Indeed, I truly wouldn't have it any other way and if I went back in time I'd still have sex with my idiot ex-husband at the same time on the same day to make sure that the exact same little human was produced from that union. That doesn't take away my understanding however.
I am a breastfeeder. I fed my first daughter for nearly 11 months and I'm currently feeding my second daughter who is nearly eight months. I have always breastfed on demand, as and when required. Whether I'm in a restaurant, a shop or the theatre, I've simply fed my baby because she's hungry and needs feeding.
Weaning off the breast doesn't have to be an all or nothing event and it also needn't be a conscious parent-led decision. If you and your baby are happy the way things are, then you may consider continuing to breastfeed until he or she decides that time's up and weans themselves naturally. On the other hand, if taking charge of the weaning process is the right decision for you, it's ideal to take it gradually and as gently as possible.