Breastfeeding and Guilt

April 6, 2010. Posted in: Blog Posts

Raise your hand if you’ve ever mentioned or posted a link to a study on breastfeeding (with no value judgment added– or intended!) and been accused of attacking other mothers and making them feel guilty…

I encounter this almost daily.  I wonder sometimes whether moms are feeling more sadness or grief or even anger (rather than guilt) at the situation they were presented with. We know moms love their kids and do their very best with each situation that comes along. I want to help moms by giving them information so they (or their sisters or their daughters) have a better chance to breastfeed – if not this baby, then the next time around.

Here are some thoughts on guilt from several points of view… enjoy!

From the point of view of a health care professional:

From the point of view of a breastfeeding counselor:

    From the point of view of a mom:

Adding this link:


Dionna @ Code Name: Mama April 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Isn’t that the truth?! So much of our guilt is self-imposed, and it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that another person is being judgmental.
It’s hard to share information about the “ideals” of parenting – thank you for all of your hard work supporting breastfeeding mamas!

Lauren @ Hobo Mama April 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Raising my hand!

I definitely think it’s important to share the ideals — and then be there to support women regardless of how well they live up to them. At least that’s my intention!

These are great links on the topic. Thanks!

Ceri April 6, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I was just pondering this as I nursed my daughter this evening! Thanks for the links!