Olivia Wilde may be a proud breastfeeder, but she has made it clear that she believes it’s a mother’s decision as to how she provides food and nourishment to her baby. Because that’s how it should be, right? Respecting other women’s choices and not judging or bashing them for what they believe is best for everyone.
“It should be a choice for everyone. I don’t like the idea of breastfeeding being forced on anyone or anyone feeling guilty,” she told People magazine. “[Breastfeeding] is not easy—it’s messy. Like 90 per cent of the time you are soaked in milk. It is a difficult thing. But it is, personally for me, a great experience.”
Wilde has two children with fiancé Jason Sudeikis. She breastfed two-year-old son Otis, is currently breastfeeding her newborn, two-month-old Daisy and has always been open about the joys and struggles of motherhood—including nursing her kids.
However you feed or fed your babies, it might get annoying to hear “breast is best” all the time. Perhaps that route wasn’t for you. Or maybe you tried and your baby wasn’t feeling the boob. But that doesn’t mean you should feel like one. Bottle feeding shouldn’t be condemned, because sometimes it’s the only alternative. Like everything else with children, things don’t always go according to plan. There are no instruction manuals. But moms KNOW. They come with instincts that guide them in the best ways to raise their children. So if they feel the inclination to bottle-feed, then they’re doing what’s right for them.
That’s why Olivia’s non-judgmental support and words dedicated to all parents is a breath of fresh air. We’ve all been given a side-eye or been on the receiving end of a raised eyebrow at one point or another during this thing called parenthood. Just don’t feel bad about the choices you make. As long as you’re doing what’s best for your kid, you and sometimes only you, know that’s all that matters.