Some of my fondest memories of the “twilight days” – you know the people – when neither you (nor your child) can identify whether it is 24 hours a day – were of feeding my babies at 3am, just me and him, in silence (apart from Kurt’s snoring naturally!). So when I read an article inside paper a couple of weeks ago – I was truly shocked! Apparently within the UK we now have one of the worst records for mums taking on breastfeeding in the developed world!
Even although World Health Organisation recommends mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies until they are half a year old, barely one third of British babies remain exclusively breastfed at seven days and simply one-fifth still are by about six weeks. By the time babies are four months old, that figure has plunged to 7 %!
How could this be?? It is 2010 for goodness sake! We know that science unequivocally informs us “Breast is Best”, nevertheless the most our babies aren’t getting that option. According to the articles flying about through the recent “Breastfeeding Awareness Week” plenty of mums still feel embarrassed about feeding in public areas which is a major cause of those terrible statistics.
I can’t help but wonder how much with this is down to poorly designed breastfeeding tops. Let’s face it, it does not take time in a female’s life when she’ll feel least confident, and also the very last thing anyone would like to do post-baby is show their wobbly tummy around the world. It was after I’d wandered from the mother & baby room in a very store on full display having not buttoned up properly that I decided that a person required to introduce some practical, stylish breastfeeding tops that could allow new mums to give their babies discreetly. There in fact is very little available inside the way of cleverly designed clothes for breastfeeding. The most of tops and dresses are generally hideously frumpy or simply impossible to utilize. If only there were more choice it might help build a little confidence in breastfeeding mothers.
Getting started well is the other key and I go about doing wish that mums on maternity wards weren’t required to struggle with getting the position on chairs, when those bits you take a seat on are extremely sore, or on single beds which are not wide enough to position your child alongside you. It might be merely a hunch, but if new mums were allowed a double bed to lie in and start breastfeeding off doing this, I’m sure they will believe it is easier. It’s what provided the extra edge to acquire on a flying start I’m certain….
I know it doesn’t always exercise for all, for the various very valid reasons, and the ones mums need really positive support too and must not be created to feel ostracised. But I’m sure we’re able to all do our bit to guide mums to have these terrible statistics turned round!