Tree of Life

I’ve had a lovely little break over Christmas and for Keira’s birthday. We’ve made some magical memories and have spent loads of times with our families, but it’s great to finally be blogging again. 

Now, I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. They’ve been everywhere. Yep that’s right, I’m talking about the Tree of Life photos. I’m putting in my two cents.

My thoughts on them, I love them. They are beautiful and really help capture the beautiful moment between mother and baby. But they’ve created a lot of heated topics, mainly the topic between breast and bottle.

As a mom of three I’ve tried both bottle and breast and I have no problem with either. Every mother is already aware that breast milk is the best for our babies but of course there are many reasons why a mother doesn’t breast feed and that’s okay. Fed is certainly best.

I see the photos more of capturing a moment, a memory, of a mother feeding her baby and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. I don’t think mothers that feed their baby in other ways should be offended by the photos, I know that that isn’t the reason why they’re out there.

However, I don’t think the perfect parent parade should be stepping out in force over these photos. Who cares how a baby is being fed? Surely what matters is that they are being fed? Of course we all want breastfeeding to be normalised – it is a natural thing after all. What we don’t need is a beautiful photo being used to target those who don’t breastfeed.

There is nothing worse than a mother doubting her parenting due to what other mothers say is right or wrong. There is no right or wrong, and as long as a baby is happy, healthy and safe isn’t that all that matters? 

So I say carry on posting your tree of life photos, embrace that moment with your baby. Whether you’re breastfeeding, bottle feeding, cup feeding, tube feeding and any other way of feeding.
I’ve mentioned before how I’ve both bottle and breast fed (and currently breastfeeding Zara) and they are both just as magical as each other. I only chose to stick to breastfeeding Zara because lazy parenting. I also co-sleep with Zara so that I don’t have to get out of bed and I get more sleep! I could not deal with getting up so often to make a bottle, I need my sleep too much!

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  1. I wondered where these Tree of Life photos came from. Unfortunately there are always going to be arguments for the breast/bottle debate – I'm just glad I went with my own way for my 3!

  2. Very well said!
    Things like the Tree of Life are always going to cause disagreements but like you I think as long as a baby is being fed it doesn't matter where it comes from. It's your baby and you should not be judged for choosing what you do, whether it be breast or bottle 🙂 x

  3. For me it really shouldn't matter whether the child is breast or bottle fed, at the end of the day as long as both baby and mother are happy. Thanks for pointing this out!

  4. I love the photos, I think they look so amazing. What is heartbreaking is that something as beautiful as breastfeeding can't be celebrated without heated arguments and people taking offense. It's so sad as a society we can't seem celebrate other victories. Parenting is hard work and we should all be able to celebrate what's important to us without having to worry about offending others who took a different path.

  5. I've clearly been asleep as I've missed this Tree of Life. Fed is best as far as I'm concerned. I breast fed then solely expressed for 8 months and then mixed. Expressing was hard! B had reflux and so breast feeding was out. I'm glad I did what I did but I never judge any mum. We all do what's best and that's all that counts x

  6. Love this post. As long as a baby is fed, that's all that matters. We all try our best and we all do it in so many different ways. We should just all celebrate being parents and not comment on what others are doing xxx

  7. I totally agree – the key is to enjoy and embrace that moment with your baby. Whether you're breastfeeding, bottle feeding, cup feeding, tube feeding and any other way of feeding. There is no one way or method fit all so long as our babies are healthy, happy and well.

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