For whatever reason, this statement has always bothered me. It's especially interesting that it troubles me because I breastfed my own daughter for 15 months. I suppose I should feel proud of myself when I see this statement, that I should feel empowered and strong, but honestly it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I think of how this statement affects the women who, for whatever reason, either choose not to breastfeed, or are incapable of doing so. I think about how it may make them feel and instead of feeling proud, I feel sad.
It almost feels as if this statement is telling other mother's that they are inferior to me because I breastfed. That is not the message I want to send to other mothers. I want other mothers to know that I respect their decisions; however different they may be from mine. I realize that I don't have all the answers when it comes to parenting--most days I feel as if I'm screwing my job up one day at a time. Like most mothers, I just try to do the best I can and hope like hell something sticks.
I wrote a post about birthing a few months ago that I feel really touches on this topic. For whatever reason, parenting and birthing styles have always been extremely controversial topics in the mommy circle. Whenever either topic comes up, the claws come out-- friends turn against friends, cruel things are said. I'm not trying to add to that. I just want other mother's to know that it's not breastfeeding, co-parenting, or homeschooling that make you a superhero; in the eyes of your child, loving them is what makes you the superhero.