Lots of mixed messages on the baby milk front. I’m almost certainly getting the message that if I don’t attempt to breastfeed my child for at least 6 months, there will be a special place in hell for me. Usually, that message gets tagged with the perfunctory, “but it’s ultimately your choice, and formula for babies is OK too.” But who are they kidding. The moment you whip out a bottle, you become the Irresponsible Mother. I’ve seen the dirty looks cast upon bottle wielders. It ain’t pretty.
Take the personal history forms that the hospital sends you. There’s a page on your allergies and bowel movements and BMI and whether you speak Engrish or need an interpreter… there’s a spot about your feeding choice for the present birth (breast/formula/undecided)… which is then followed by two whole pages on breastfeeding and the education you need.
I think breastfeeding is preferable. But I loathe the societal pressure.
Here’s something in my 2-page antenatal breastfeeding form that you’ll never find in any Singapore hospital.
When asked: “Would you like any (or more) information related to breastfeeding on the following?”, one of the options includes…
… Illicit drugs. As if you’d ever admit to wanting to breastfeed your child while snorting la-la powder.
But I guess it happens enough for the hospital to add that as an option. Go figure.