After recent research declared that 800,000 babies lives could be saved annually by breastfeeding, French mothers have risen to the defense of the bottle.
The campaign, “Stop Making Women Guilty!” defends the right to bottle-feed children without any shame or guilt from outsiders or from other mothers.
Lauren Bastide, nightly current affairs commentator for Grand Journal, and Titiou Lecoq, feminist blogger and author, are the driving forces behind the campaign that urge the public to refrain from pressuring women to breastfeed. Furthermore, the launch of the campaign hopes to spread the message that bottle-feeding does not equal bad mothering. The women associated with the campaign worry that society is moving backwards. In order for long-term breastfeeding to be exclusive and successful, women will have to take two years maternity leave, therefore “hurting the economy by not actively participating in global productivity.”
The woman’s choice is of upmost importance to the group. They write poignantly, “We should not make either bottle-feeders feel guilty or mock the choices of breastfeeders. Everything comes back to the same problem: the judgment of others.”