Mothers who bottle feed admit they feel judged
Published 29/05/2015 | 08:29
A craze for breastfeeding selfies is fuelling an atmosphere that makes mothers who bottlefeed feel "judged at every turn", campaigners have warned.
A survey has revealed that 69pc of bottle-feeding mothers say they have been judged negatively, while 41pc feel they have "failed as a mum and failed their child" because they do not breastfeed.
Four out of 10 say they have received negative looks and comments from strangers when they bottle-feed, while a fifth have been attacked on social media and 16pc have endured cruel comments from other mothers.
Siobhan Freegard of website Netmums warned that mothers are facing mounting pressure to breastfeed - a phenomenon she dubs "bressure".
"What should be an entirely personal choice is being turned into a political issue with mums feeling judged at every turn," she said.