Lansinoh survey

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Lansinoh survey
Sun, 01-13-2013 - 1:07pm

Curious intro to a blog:

In 2012, breastfeeding entered mainstream American dialogue as either a polarizing or a unifying topic for a wide variety of mothers, parents, employers and public officials across the country....

Interesting bit:

It was amid this stirring of public discussion that a survey completed by Lansinoh asked mothers in the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom, Germany and Turkey how they feel about breastfeeding in public, how strongly they connect breastfeeding to children's health and what motivates them in their feeding choices.

Some of the results were surprising.

The survey revealed that the biggest fear breastfeeding moms in the U.S. have is nursing in public.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 12:02pm

I just find it so curious that back in the 70's when only 25% of woman initiated breastfeeding (5% at 6 months), it was less of a worry to breastfeed in public than in current day when the numbers are something like 75-90% of initiating breastfeeding (48% at 6 months)?

Logic would say that it should have gotten better, not worse!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 8:20pm

This survey doesn't surprise me.  Breastfeeding over the last year, and knowing many breastfeeding moms, I'd say that there are two very widely held beliefs in my community:

(1) You'd better breastfeed, and

(2) You'd better stay home, or at the very least cover up, when you're doing it.

The overwhelming majority of people I know would be completely appalled if someone nursed in front of them  without a cover.  Many would be appalled if someone nursed in front of them with a cover.

I went to a breastfeeding support group at my hospital a couple of times, and 90% of the women used nursing covers during the support group meeting.  I'm actually ok with nursing covers as a rule, and I can't fault any individual woman for using one if it makes her more comfortable, but I thought that was absurd.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-04-2002
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 9:59pm

It doesn't suprise me either.  Honestly when I breastfed my oldest 21 years ago I didn't feel anywhere near as conspicuous and awkward as I felt with my youngest (who are now 6 and 1).  It feels like attitudes have definitely changed that much in just 20 years - yes, breastfeed but do it at home.  If you must do it in public make sure no one at all can see anything.