I’m not going to sugar coat it. If you can’t see that Jamie Oliver shining the spotlight on lack of support for new mothers to breastfeed & the gaps in funding / care / knowledge across the UK is nothing but a good thing then you’re delusional.
Maybe you’re coming from a place where you thought you couldn’t breastfeed, maybe no one helped you, maybe they were too quick to offer formula – you have a right to be angry about this. Someone somewhere failed you.
That doesn’t mean you have to attack every pro breastfeeder that crosses your path. Can we not stand together? I personally support your right to be pissed off at the fact that someone failed you and I do not for one second think that formula feeding means that you failed your child.
You absolutely have the right to choose what you do with your own body & you know full well Mr Oliver isn’t here to force you into breastfeeding. I know that many many women would have breastfed for longer if they’d had the right support and it’s simply not acceptable that they didn’t.
Yes he might be a man and not have first hand experience but he’s a father, a son, a human being and in my opinion attacking him for standing up for women on the basis that as a man he doesn’t have the right to comment is absurd!
Surely the ultimate expression of equality is when one gender is prepared to fight for the rights of the other?
So I stand with Jamie Oliver, and anyone else who wants to use their position of influence to do good.