Chrissy Teigen Explains Why We Should Normalise Formula Feeding For Babies
Chrissy Teigen has spoken out on behalf of mothers who choose to feed their babies formula over breastfeeding.
The model and cookbook author has been slowly making her return to social media after tragically losing her third child, Jack, 20 weeks into her pregnancy in September.
Posting to Twitter, Chrissy - who is mum to daughter Luna and son Myles - spoke of the guilt and shame that can be experienced by mothers who are unable to breastfeed their child for whatever reason.
She added that the world needs to end the stigma and we should 'normalise formula feeding'.
ok I'm gonna say something and you all are definitely gonna make it a thing but here goes: normalize formula.
- chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 29, 2020
She did note, however, that it was still important to 'normalise breastfeeding'.
"Normalise breastfeeding is such a huge, wonderful thing," she clarified. "But I absolutely felt way more shame having to use formula because of lack of milk from depression and whatnot.
"People have surrogates, people have trouble breastfeeding and all you hear as a new, anxious mom is how breast is best," she continued, saying that the most important thing is that a baby is fed, regardless of the method.
"'Normalise breastfeeding' is great. 'Normalise formula' is great, too! so yeah. That's all! Normalise formula! Your baby is gonna be BEAUTIFUL, PERFECT AND OKAY."
She then went on to describe the 'stress' of her own experience in being unable to breastfeed her children.
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"I remember pumping my ASS OFF, highest mode, so often, because I didn't trust milk was going into their mouthes if I breastfed," she said.
"It drove me mad to the point I could only get an ounce. An ounce.
"The stress of it, combined with the guilt that you cannot do nature's most natural thing for your own baby is too much. I dunno why this is my crusade now. I just remember the sadness I felt and want you to know you are doing it right if your baby is fed, Mama."
The post was met with a flood of praise and support from fellow mums, who also called for people to stop shaming women full stop.
"Truly, IN EVERY ASPECT," Chrissy agreed. "'Normalise minding your f***ing business as long as it is not hurting anyone else' needs to be a T-shirt lol."
Many Twitter users were also quick to share their own experiences, with one writing: "I remember the desperate pumping, getting lactation consultant, stressing.
"Feeling like a failure. Awful. Finally guiltily succumbed and added formula to the repertoire...best move ever. And guess what I didn't break my kid!"
Another added: "I'm a paediatrician. Formula-shaming is the norm. Some babies don't latch on to the breast well (despite mom doing all correctly) & may be hospitalised for failure to thrive. I've seen mothers with raw, pus-filled breasts still shamed into feeding. Formula is not unhealthy."
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