British pop star-turned-Tv presenter Myleene Klass has waded into the debate surrounding breastfeeding, insisting new mothers should be free to make their own choices.
The former Hear'Say singer is mother to two daughters, three-year-old Ava and Hero, who was born last month (May11).
Klass is adamant mothers shouldn't be pressurised over whether they feed their children naturally or not, and she hopes to help stamp out the stigma attached to breastfeeding in public.
In an article for Britain's The Sun newspaper, she writes, "I got involved in this debate because there are so many women out there who don't have a voice. A lot feel huge pressure to breastfeed even if their circumstances dictate otherwise. They are made to feel like failures by so-called experts before they've even started... If breastfeeding is not for you and is going to make you feel unhappy, surely that can't be good for your baby...
"My daughter Hero is breastfed, as was my firstborn, Ava, for six months. The flipside is the backlash some women face for breastfeeding in public... We need to have confidence to let women make their own choices... Hopefully, by having this debate, by the time Hero and Ava have children they will feel free to make a choice without the pressure women face today."