Formula Feeding

Yes, I Artificially Feed My Baby

Holly Leppard | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

It was playing on my mind for months, I was enraged at the cold, dehumanising term so I wanted to check I wasn't misinterpreting the word or overreacting. Out came my trusty Oxford Dictionary which provided me with the following definition:

Motherhood Is Not A Competition

Georgia Handley | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Georgia Handley

I think these women are looking for some validation, someone to tell them they are doing the right thing for their children. Well let me say it; if you are doing what you feel is best for your children and they are well fed and taken care of then you are doing it right!

World Infant Feeding Week? The Hate Just Proves Why It Is Needed

Holly Leppard | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

Breastfeeders should celebrate, be proud and feel comfortable feeding in public. Formula feeders should celebrate, be proud and feel comfortable feeding in public. We need to stop the comparisons; every woman, every baby is different and their needs are individual. Only with that common awareness will the guilt, shame and embarrassment stop. Only then will we be able to focus on what matters, feeding and loving your baby without distractions.

The Day Breastfeeding Nearly Tore My Family Apart

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Vicki Cockerill

Anyone who is reading this, feeling like they cannot go on or feeling like they cannot cope and are feeling guilty about the alternatives, don't. As a parent, you have more than enough guilt to feel, do not add to it.

World Infant Feeding Week? (Just A Thought)

Holly Leppard | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

Many of us have tried and failed to breastfeed. Some of us have a condition that means we were unable to breastfeed. Nearly all of us have the emotional scars and the inner grief of being excluded from weeks like these... they reaffirm the fact that we are providing our baby with food deemed inferior to breastmilk.

The Arrogance Of Breast Is Best

Holly Leppard | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

After reading an absolutely thoughtless post on social media from a mother who regularly uploads picture-perfect images of her life, I felt the need to write. To offload the frustration and borderline anger that was sparked in me when reading her ill-informed and blinkered take on infant feeding.

Why Is A Support Network For Bottle-Feeding Perceived As Anti-Breastfeeding?

Holly Leppard | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

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.

Tommee Tippee Launch Investigation After Parents Complain About 'Slimy' Milk Machines

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents

Tommee Tippee has launched an investigation after parents across the UK have claimed one of the company’s milk machines becomes filled with a hidden...

Decisions Around Infant Feeding Are About Reproductive Choice

Clare Murphy | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Clare Murphy

Women should not be lied to or misled by formula milk makers, and we need regulations to ensure this is the case. But we don't need to oversell the many benefits of breastfeeding for either mother and baby to ensure women make the "right" choice. Breast is best, but it may not always be best for all women, all of the time.

Why Formula Feeding Makes Me a Better Mum

Emma Bailey | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Bailey

When I became pregnant with my first child, I knew from the start what kind of mother I wanted to be. Like many others, I was going to give my child the best I possibly could and of course, that included breastfeeding from birth until at least 6 months, longer if I could.

Why Unicef's 'Baby-Friendly Initiative' Isn't Baby-Friendly At All

Madeleine Morris | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Morris

The Baby-Friendly Initiative is Unicef's hospital breastfeeding program. Its aim is to make hospitals more breastfeeding-friendly places - an admirable goal... Unfortunately, this well-intentioned effort to make institutions more breastfeeding friendly has led to bottle-feeding mothers being ignored.

A Message to Anyone Who Feels Confused or Bullied About Breastfeeding

Lucy Gaskin | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Gaskin

It is nice to encourage breastfeeding, of course it is. But not ever to the extent that anyone is made to feel panicked or vulnerable, or anyone is encouraged to make a decision that puts them or their baby at risk.

Breastfeeding Support Is Ignoring Working Motherhood

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Ellie's piece resonated with me on a lot of levels, and I am so proud of her for advocating for something that ALL women and babies, of all socio-economic levels, everywhere, need and deserve. But it also got me thinking that something continues to be missing from this conversation. (I can say this, knowing that Ellie will have my back!)

Breastfeeding: Love, Not Judgement

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

To say that breastmilk is more nutritionally and immunologically comprehensive than infant formula milk isn't being rude, or trying to make anyone feel bad, or just being mean. It's true.

Tramps Like Us

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

Breastfeeding her child in public had a young woman anonymously labelled a 'tramp'. This in turn led to a number of well attended mass breastfeeding gatherings throughout the UK. A great show of solidarity, women highlighting their right to breastfeed in public.

Breastfeeding Advocacy Isn't Anti-Formula Feeders

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

So, here's what breastfeeding-advocacy isn't: It isn't anti-formula users. Breastfeeding advocacy is about wanting new parents to have access to ALL the facts about how they feed their babies. This includes the risks of using formula milk as a breastmilk substitute...

Babies Don't Need 'Attachment Parenting', But They Do Need 'Responsive Parenting'

Milli Hill | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Milli Hill

If we look at what we as parents are actually trying to achieve - healthy, happy adults - we need to ask ourselves, does this have to mean sharing our beds with our children or letting them self-wean? I think not. Because what really matters, what is really absolutely crucial to healthy child development, is not 'Attachment Parenting', but 'Responsive Parenting.'