The politically correct police were out again in force and the target this time-Jackie O-an Australian radio host and new mother. The fingers pointed and questioned her parenting skills. She was abruptly thrown under the microscope no thanks to a columnists critical review of Jackie feeding her baby whilst walking about and crossing a road. Oh my god, lock this awful woman up and throw away the key!
Here’s a novel idea – why not be outraged for all the children in the world who are not looked after? Why doesn’t columnist lady use her vocal position in the newspaper to alert the pubic to children who are abused, who are not fed, who are not loved? Shouldn’t we be outraged and passionate about helping the babies and children who really need our concern?
Yes it would be lovely to feed baby in a quiet room with soothing whale music and lots of loving eye contact. How’s about some reality thrown in? Some days, as all mothers will know but some wont wish to admit, are bloody tough. Some days are incredibly busy. Mothers have to feed baby on the move, whilst unpacking groceries or shock horror – when on the telephone. That’s just parenthood, it is multi-tasking to the extreme! The thing with babies is – they are pretty unpredictable. If a baby needs fed – it needs fed. Quick smart. I have been known to feed baby whilst he sits in his push chair. Does that make me a terrible mother? No doubt some people would think it was not good enough.
Well to all the critics out there – get over yourself. No one is perfect. We all make snappy decisions some days, and some days the choices we make are not 100% perfect if you ask the parenting lobby but so long as baby is loved and has enough milk in his or her tummy then all is well!
Back off critics, leave new mothers alone and let them find their feet, offer support but allow new mothers to figure out their own path. Shame on the columnist for picking on a person who is in a vulnerable emotional place right now. That’s just being a big old bully.