”I still feel guilty every day that I’m not breastfeeding Aoife anymore,” Rennie wrote in the caption. “Because mum guilt is a HUGE BITCH.”
The mom, who also has a 2-year-old son, explained that she stopped breastfeeding her daughter for many reasons, including latching problems, scheduling challenges and mental health concerns.
“At four months we called it quits, and it was such a painful decision,” she wrote. “Life definitely got easier; we were all a lot happier. But I still, eight months on, think I gave up too easily. I didn’t, I know that, but I still can’t help being really hard on myself…”
On top of her inner emotional struggle, Rennie said strangers have added to her sense of guilt. Like a woman at the park, who had given her a judgmental stare for bottle-feeding her daughter earlier that day.
The mom responded to the incident with a powerful message for her fellow parents. “The thing is, FED is best,” she wrote. “Aoife was (and still is) more satisfied on the bottle. It doesn’t matter how we feed our babies, as long as it’s safe and they’re nourished and happy.”
She concluded, “Never doubt your choices, you have to do what’s right for you and your whole family ― whether that be breastfeeding until they’re toddlers or never being able to even start, And tell mum guilt to just F OFF”
Rennie told The Huffington Post, she always tries to promote the importance of moms supporting each other through her Instagram account and blog, MeOhMy.