Conflicting Breastfeeding Stories

Some people’s views on breastfeeding shock me. News stories appal me.
I read two posts in the same day that gave me mixed signals. A post on BBC News stated that Nigel Farage suggested that a breastfeeding woman should sit in a corner to do so.  He also commented on some people feeling uncomfortable with a breastfeeding Mum being near. My opinion is that why should an infant, who cannot prevent itself from feeling hungry, which is a form of discomfort, have to wait to be fed for the benefit of older people who have the choice to look away. Farage did later defend his comments.

Then, another story was published. It stated that breastfeeding could cut NHS costs as well as improve the health of infants. It was an interesting and factual read. However, it was a little mind-boggling to read about how breastfeeding should be censored and then the next you read about how important it is to breastfeed the baby until the child is 7 months old. Another idea I disagree with is that babies should be covered while eating in this form. What do you guys think?

I do understand in some extreme circumstances like a nursery or school environment where breastfeeding in front of a large group of children who may not be aware of breastfeeding may cause a lot of confusion as well as discomfort for both parties?

I really struggle with this generation. No matter where you look or go there are half naked girls everywhere. In town, there are life-size posters of girls showcasing underwear, perfume or an umbrella all while half-naked. Music videos. Every second advert on TV like that one I saw that was supposed to be for tampons but really only featured thong wearing asses. On Facebook, you get text fails. They are everywhere. Yet when a sliver of skin is exposed to feed a baby it’s wrong. 

10 thoughts on “Conflicting Breastfeeding Stories

  1. stilldreaming15 says:

    It’s sad that ideas like the ones you mentioned from the first news article are out there. At the moment, the UK has a very low uptake of breastfeeding despite lots of promotion, which is a shame really because there ARE lots of health benefits to breastfeeding for mum and baby that you might not even think of such as a reduced risk of some cancers (the UNICEF Baby Feeding Initiative is worth a read to find out more about them) and even things like asthma.

    I think mums have to and should be able to make their own choice about what is best for them and their family in terms of whether or how they want to breastfeed. However, treating it as unnatural or something we should cover up and hide instead of what it is, which is a natural feed for a baby, is really unhelpful and I don’t think we can say it’s much of a choice at all. If I were a mother, and one day I do hope to be one with her own breastfeeding stories to tell, I would probably feel a ton of pressure, breastfeeding in public especially.

    I hope we really work on this attitude to eliminate it altogether and create an environment in terms of society where women feel comfortable feeding their babies whenever, wherever and in whatever that best way is for them.


    1. hadhopeamy says:

      Thank you for such a thoughtful comment 🙂
      I agree. Breastfeeding is something I have recently become interested in. Not in the sense that I will search about it regularly but if I see a news story etc regarding breastfeeding then I am likely to stop and read it. This is due to me being brought up around bottle fed children. I then moved in with my Dad who had a newborn that was being breastfed by his fiancé. At that time I was determined that if I were to have a child it would be bottle fed because it was what I was used to. However, since the change in family dynamics and due to the increased promotion of breastfeeding it is something I am more open to doing and hope it is a suitable choice for me to make when the time comes.
      Your last sentence there on that comment is truly wonderful and really sums up what I hope everyone can work towards over the next decade.
      Thanks again!


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