Elsewhere on the Mommy blogosphere, I have been embroiled in battle. (Yes, it's the same thing I wrote about Wednesday, and I didn't even bother to write yesterday. Deal with it.)
And the cake has been taken. I hope it was something gross like confetti cake. Who came up with that anyway?
A mother has informed me that she has "no respect for anyone who never tried to breastfeeding" and that all women should be required by law to consult with a lactation consultant. If this was done, then there would be no question about "who couldn't and who wouldn't."
And I have decided that this is the root of the problem. The whole problem. Not the breast vs. formula debate, but the entire Mommy War issue. This granting of respect.
Will someone please explain to me why I need/want/appreciate/can't live without/care at all about this woman's "respect?" I don't respect anyone who hands out blanket statements. I don't respect anyone who is so pompous and self-righteous that she can't hear words as they are coming out of her mouth (or keyboard) only the vacuous whirring of her head. I don't respect imbeciles who believe that what we need is to ignore child abuse, drug addiction, PPD, poverty, whatever ills of the world, so we can all stand around and pass judgement on other mothers.
Shall we stand in the town square and confess our parenting sins? I can wear a big red F for formula and a blue P for pacifier and a flaming C for CIO. We can all stand around and judge who gets our "respect" and who doesn't.
Since when did any random individual's esteem become some prized possession worthy of war? Since when did we decide that we all have the right to grant and withhold favor like queens.
So, here is my challenge, blogospere: Quit Caring. Quit caring what these morons think. it seems so clear and obvious now that this is the answer. You know whose opinion you need to worry about? You kids. Perhaps your husband, mother, mother-in-law and pediatrician. Although all of those last ones are option. Do what makes you happy, makes your kids healthy, what works and screw anyone who has a problem with it.
This rant will self-destruct very soon. Please be aware that antagonizing the crazy woman is a bad idea.