It's okay

It's okay to want to be prepared for both breast and bottle feeding. I was astounded when a friend was denied information and education about formula feeding in her pregnancy. This is not okay. At the Real Birth Guide, we believe in equipping parents-to-be with the skills they need for whichever way their journey takes them or the informed feeding choice they make.

Don't get me wrong, the evidence is very clear that breastfeeding has many  benefits over formula feeding for both mother and baby.  I'm not disputing that in any way. When breastfeeding works for both mum and baby it is great, but it's important to recognise that this is not everyone's story, despite a lot of effort and commitment. It is so important not to put pressure and stigma on mums-to-be, that can then leave many feeling like they have failed if it doesn't work out. A woman's feeding choice, made for whatever reason, does not define the quality of a mother.

I have also found that many antenatal education providers discuss a lot of theory regarding feeding. I know that many people don't find this very helpful, which is why at The Real Birth Guide we use practical demonstrations and videos to equip parents with skills for: breast expression, breast feeding, formula feed preparation, formula feeding and feeding equipment sterilisation. 

At the Real Birth Guide we want to help mums in such a away that they feel comfortable, informed and equipped about the feeding choices they make.