THE CASE AGAINST

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - REPORT -

❝ There’s judg­ment and turned-up noses when you pull a bot­tle out

KYLIE SCOTT

Bris­bane, Queens­land

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.”

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