THE CASE AGAINST
❝ There’s judgment and turned-up noses when you pull a bottle out
Kylie Scott would express for her premature son for an hour and there would be mere droplets of milk.
Despite trying to breastfeed both her sons, she simply didn’t have the supply. For three weeks, her eldest son, Kingston, screamed from hunger as she persisted under the weight of the public message that “breast is best”.
She had similar problems with son Oliver, who was born two months premature.
“You can persist for only so long,” she says. “There is such overwhelming pressure. We’re confident, capable women, we know breastfeeding is best, but we should be able to make a choice. No-one outlines what can go wrong. It’s not so easy that it just happens. There’s a lot of judgment and turned-up noses at mothers’ group when you pull the bottle out.”
Scott says there is no support for women who bottle-feed and those who do are made to feel like outcasts.
“I found it really difficult to find support. There’s a lot of controversy about bottlefeeding and so much literature saying you should breastfeed, which makes you feel so guilty if you can’t. It’s very frustrating.”
Scott didn’t give up easily. She consulted a lactation nurse and tried to boost her supply.
“The bullying was overwhelming.”