What is it about people thinking they have a right to push their agenda on others, especially when it comes to parenting? It’s like no matter what you do, there will always be someone who wants to judge your choices and worse, believes it’s their job to let you know how much they disapprove. Or better yet, they try to shame you and force you to do what they believe is right. While sometimes this might come from a place of love, more often than not, it’s damaging to the parent having to listen to it.
Take breastfeeding, for example. First there’s the choice of whether you even want to attempt to nurse your baby (which, let’s be real, for many learning how to breastfeed can be absurdly difficult and formula shaming moms is more childish than when your toddler throws a tantrum because a commercial is on). Then there’s the whole breastfeeding in public debate, which for some reason is still pitting moms against moms. So why is it some folks still want to harass women who have finally come to the decision to cease breastfeeding? There really is no need to do this. Whether their child is self-weaning or they simply want their boobs back, there’s no right or wrong reason behind wanting to stop breastfeeding, and trying to push a woman to keep doing it against her will is, well, cruel. Here’s why: