BFing or not, new mothers need plenty of TLC

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Registered: 10-01-2010
BFing or not, new mothers need plenty of TLC
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Wed, 01-25-2012 - 1:57pm

Have we gone too far? Would less pressure encourage more women to breastfeed?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-16-2008
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 3:50pm

The National Childbirth Trust will no longer promote the practice to all women in its antenatal classes. I breathed a huge sigh of relief on reading this news.


So they aren't going to mention breastfeeding at all?
So it is with great interest that I read that a leading childbirth charity is to stop telling mothers to breastfeed over fears that its tactics may be alienating some who are reluctant to breastfeed, particularly among the working class.

I think there areways that women could be encouraged to breastfeed without feeling alienated. Frankly, I felt like I was being forced into trying formula on several occasions. It started before DS was 24 hours old, in the baby-friendly hospital (by a nurse who was floating on Mother-Baby that night). Has the world really come to the point that providing evidence-based knowledge is seen as bullying?
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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-28-2011
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 3:54pm
I think there is something to this. When pregnant I was uninformed and a bit on the fence. When I started to learn I decided I would like to BF due to all the benefits. The constant barrage at the prenatal classes and in the hospital felt like a LOT of pressure. No one said it but I felt like a bad mom when we couldn't latch in the hospital and started pumping. I honestly resented the whole BFing thing and what my initial failure said about my abilities as a mom. Nowadays I'm all for BFing since experience taught me how natural it can be. Can be, but isn't for everyone especially not right away. I think if moms are informed of the benefits then they will likely try. I could really have used an "it may take time for you both to learn BFing and you're still a good mom if it doesn't happen perfectly naturally".
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 6:18pm

Nowadays I'm all for BFing since experience taught me how natural it can be. Can be, but isn't for everyone especially not right away. I think if moms are informed of the benefits then they will likely try. I could really have used an "it may take time for you both to learn BFing and you're still a good mom if it doesn't happen perfectly naturally".

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-29-2005
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 7:33pm
I have a family practice, and recently a few of my patients have found out that they are pregnant. Since I took over for a doctor who only saw adults, I'm always looking for the opportunity to share that we now see babies nd children too. I also mention my experience assisting moms with breastfeeding. I think I say something like, "I also have experience in breastfeeding support, so if you choose to breastfeeding or need some more information, I'm available to answer questions and to assist with any breastfeeding issues."

In other words, I don't assume people will bf, but I put it out there and let them know I can be a resource. Now, if they ask me something directly, I would go into more information such as the risks of not bf, but I don't throw it out there at first mention.

 


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