Do you think the tide is turning?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Do you think the tide is turning?
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Sun, 05-01-2011 - 11:36pm

I was recently reading a thread about a mom whose brother was getting married two weeks after her planned c-sec, and did not want her to bring the baby to the wedding, which was several hrs away from her home. Out of 316 responses, most people expected that she would be BFing and would need to have the baby with her to BF. I thought that was interesting!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 12:10am

Two weeks, yes, I get that a lot of people would think of BF at that age. The real test will come when the same outpouring is happening when the baby is over six months! Then, we will know the tide has turned.

I couldn't help but remember going to my brother's wedding around 1500 km away. I went there for five days or so, with DS2, who was around sixteen months and BF.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 10:16pm
I not so sure this really means that the tide has turned. I think a lot of people assume most mothers will try BF'ing for the first few weeks but that many will quit by choice or by necessity with the first months or two. Thus I think that assuming that this mother will be BF'ing at two weeks does not necessarily mean the ride has turned. Had the wedding date been 4 months after the weeding, for example, I think the assumption would be much more in favor of FF'ing. I think it also depends on the forum where you where reading the thread as to what kind of responses you would get as some local community oriented parenting boards attract more pro-BF'rs then others even if they are not specifically a BF support board or a AP/natural/non-mainstream parenting board due to the culture of the local community the board caters too. For example, if you visit a board oriented towards San Francisco Bay Area or Seattle, Washington area parents, both of which have high BF rates even at 6 months+, then your more likely to see the assumption that the new mom is BF'ing then if it's a Detroit or Jackson, Miss. board where BF rates are very low.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 10:26pm

This was a Babycenter birth club, so I assume that the women were from all over the country.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-29-2011
Fri, 05-13-2011 - 6:53pm

way back when, in the '50s and '60s formula feeding was deemed most nutritious for the child. and provided mothers with an opportunity to save themselves later for a sexier approach later by men.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Mon, 05-30-2011 - 7:24pm
I do think the tide is turning, slowly. Breastfeeding statistics are headed in the right direction and there are many advocates involved in keeping it that way.
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