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!