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I’m not a ‘Nipple Nazi’, I’m a breastfeeding counsellor

My role is to support women who want to breastfeed, and respecting a woman’s choice not to. Because they’re her breasts

Her baby is nine days old when she calls. In a voice thickened with tears: “He’s lost weight, the midwife says I have to give him formula.”

I have heard this countless times. I try to respond as sympathetically and tactfully as I can. I cannot directly contradict her midwife, yet I must empathise. “You sound so upset,” I say. “Do you want to use formula?”

I feel honoured to have witnessed a woman find confidence in herself.

I cannot tell her what to do, and more importantly, I do not want to.

Most breastfeeding advocates are not concerned if a woman does not want to breastfeed.

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