Following National Breastfeeding Awareness week how can we support Breastfeeding mums to feel confident with breastfeeding in public? The story of one mum being asked by a council representative to stop feeding in Oldham Civic Centre shows how uninformed others still are about breastfeeding. Chelle McCann pops in to discuss…
In many areas breastfeeding support groups are quite prominent. In others there is virtually no support. In Brighton I came across Bosom Buddies, they encourage mass feeding in public places so that breastfeeding parents feel confident about feeding their child in public. I was of the mind set that once I got over my own vanity I was good to go with breastfeeding around strangers – even feeding a the bus when my child needed it. This group was a bit different to me – although breast feeding support and pro breast feeding no mother was made to feel guilty about introducing a bottle.
My thoughts around this are that perhaps a bit of cash can be put into support that is non bias – support groups that offer both breast and bottle support but also support women in making an informed choice. With information either being one way or another it would be lovely to see a non judgemental approach to a mothers choice on how to feed her baby. I’m a big believer the recently scrapped Health in Pregnancy grant should have been geared to maternity counselling and post natal support.
What do you think?