Many women out there have problems with breastfeeding and if this sounds like a familiar story to you, make sure you seek help from your midwife or a breastfeeding specialist as soon as you can.
New research, commissioned by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Sheffield, has found that half of mothers say they felt they let their baby down when they found it hard to breast feed, with more than a third admitting that they felt ashamed for giving their baby formula.
There commendations from the World Health Organisation is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of the child’s life, continuing this along with complementary foods for up to two years or beyond. But in June last year, the Royal College of Midwives came out and said that the decision to breastfeed or not should be down to individual choice and as such, must be respected.
Discussing the issues she had with breastfeeding, 34-year-old Nazneen Mahmood said that formula had never really been presented as an option to her. She said: “I felt like a failure. I felt like the worst person in the world. But [later] I didn’t really care. I just thought: ‘He’s feeding, he’s feeling better, he’s putting weight on’.
“I thought: ‘Why is this a secret? Why did no-one tell me that this [bottle-feeding] was the best thing ever?’ And it really was the best thing ever.”
When you first start breastfeeding, you may worry that your child isn’t getting enough milk. Offering both breasts at each feed and alternating which one you start with can help to stimulate milk supply.
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