Breast Cancer Survivor Hangs Hospital Banner to Stop Formula Shaming
Meghan Koziel, a fierce new mama and breast cancer survivor, went through the usual motions to prepare for the day her newborn arrived. Except for her, it meant hanging a bright pink sign stating, “No breastfeeding zone.”
The photo was shared by Hello My Tribe, an account which posts stories of motherhood, but originally appeared on Koziel’s account where she talks about her “foobs.”
“Attention please, attention please. We do indeed have a mommy-to-be who had breast cancer and a mastectomy which means, without boobs in the house,” she openly shares
For Koziel, as well as many other women, breastfeeding baby is simply not an option. So the new mom came up with a creative way to stop anyone in their tracks from questioning her choice of feeding her baby.
“Got the banner raised just in case people are confused at why we are not going to be breastfeeding our little bundle of joy. Yes, I have foobs, no I do not have boobs (or nipples) therefore, my body is incapable of breastfeeding,” she explains.
The full sign reads: “No breastfeeding zone. Though breastfeeding is a very special task, please be aware before you ask. Our miracle baby will be formula fed, and it will not affect her future ahead. This mommy is a survivor.”
The inspiring post was met with praise, with hundreds flocking to share their well-wishes for the new mom.
“I love this! What a great idea for clients who have a similar story or have already made a decision they don’t want to be brought up again,” one note reads.
“Love it! No doubt there are special circumstances, and what a positive way to avoid all the negativity,” another shares.
One congratulatory note points out an important factor to keep in mind. “Beautiful message and also inspiring because, honestly, all that matters is that a baby is fed. Society needs to pull back on the pressure, as many women cannot or choose not to breastfeed for their own personal reasons or health journey. Congrats on your bundle of joy!”
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