It's against the law to ask a woman not to breastfeed in public.
It's against the law to ask a woman not to breastfeed in public. dao hodac

Breastfeeding Nazis make women who use formula feel inferior

OPINION: Well, Kochie has really done it this time.

He has insulted the breastfeeding brigade.

Morning television host David Koch caused anger, devastation and animosity when he voiced his views that some mums show a little too much when they feed their babies the natural way.

To be honest it's been so long since I saw a mum breastfeed in public, I've got no idea whether they do or not.

I don't even care - I see more boob flicking through the pages of a weekly magazine or when I go down to the beach than I have ever seen from a breastfeeding mum.

But that, my friends, is not the point.

The point is the outrage.

This poor man dared to air his somewhat antiquated views and breastfeeding mums everywhere were apparently furious.

Here's what I think: the majority probably weren't outraged.

Most women who breastfeed probably don't flaunt it in everyone's face - they are probably every bit as discreet as poor old Kochie could hope for.

What I'm annoyed about are the women I've come to think of as breastfeeding Nazis.

A few weeks ago a woman was apparently asked to leave a pool where her children were playing because another family was "offended" by the sight of her breastfeeding.

I'm not saying it's right - in fact it's against the law to ask a woman not to breastfeed in public.

But I am sick and tired of the breastfeeding brigade using any excuse they can to try to ram the "breast is best" message down our throats.

I see some friends sharing images of women breastfeeding on Facebook constantly.

They upload photos of themselves breastfeeding as well.

I'm not offended by the photos - the image itself is no problem at all.

But I am offended by the smugness, by the political motivation that lies behind some of the photos.

I wonder why those women don't choose to keep those precious moments to themselves instead to spreading them across social media.

If it's as natural and commonplace as they say, why is there this need to broadcast it?

I've known so many women who have wanted badly to breastfeed but for various reasons haven't been able to.

They are made to feel inadequate and inferior by these breastfeeding warriors.

Not too long ago there were stories in the news about an Australian Breastfeeding Association counsellor who said formula was "a little bit like AIDS".

Seriously?

The counsellor further claimed that a baby dies every 30 seconds from formula feeding.

Bending Third World statistics to fit modern day Australia isn't just irresponsible - it's downright reprehensible.

Are there significant benefits to breast feeding?

No doubt.

I'm glad that breastfeeding makes mums feel close to their babies.

I'm glad it has all the benefits it does.

But for some women, there will be no other option but to feed their babies formula - and it will do them no harm at all.

Plus it's a pretty good alternative to starving.