I think we can support all mothers while still encouraging AP/NFL choices. There are plenty of mainstream boards that will support and encourage mothers to make mainstream choices. Why can't MDC continue to be a board that supports and encourages AP/NFL? I circ'd my son, but also know I won't ever do it again...also thanks solely to MDC. The more mainstream MDC becomes, the less likely new members are going to come on here and be influenced to consider AP/NFL. MDC has greatly influenced my parenting choices, for the better, and also supported choices I had already made. Like I said before, I've gotten plenty of spankings here and I know other people have too, and maybe that is why people find this topic so touchy, but I really do think MDC has changed and I don't see as many harsh comments like "your baby is going to turn purple if you formula feed". I think that is fantastic and a welcome change, but I don't think being inclusive and supportive means MDC should abandon its roots as a place where members collectively believe in AP/NFL and encourage those practices. A lot of people are refusing to put on their big girl undies an accept that nobody is going to pat them on the back here for having an epidural or formula feeding. So what? You know that doesn't make you a bad mom, and if it makes you feel like one, go to one of the 10000 other boards that will tell you an epi is the best thing you'll ever do.
I guess what I'm trying to say is if you don't allow people like me in, or the old naive me, than what good are we really doing? Can't we support all mothers? Do you (the collective) really think that if you come here asking for advice and someone says "Just switch to formula" you're going to have no choice but to do so?