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#bottlefeedingstories | A Blog Series

#bottlefeedingstories

I’m excited to announce a new blog series I’m running called #bottlefeedingstories.

It’s hard to avoid the “breast vs bottle” debate as a parent. It gets pretty heated sometimes, and anyone would think that it’s a decision you make and stick to. You put yourself in one camp and get your keyboard ready for a fight.

But the reality is not that simple. I know myself that even the best of intentions don’t always pan out. I’d desperately wanted to breastfeed X, but by 2 weeks old he was exclusively bottle fed formula.

the only picture I have of X being milk drunk after a breastfeed

According to this article from the BBC, the breastfeeding rates in the UK are abysmal. Around 81% of new mothers intend to breastfeed, and start out that way, but at 6 months – the minimum time recommended to breastfeed for by the World Health Organisation – only 34% are still going. The number is even smaller for 12 months – 0.5%

It seems that many mothers, much like myself, start out with every intention to breastfeed, but find themselves struggling, and left with little support.

#bottlefeedingstories

And that’s what this series is about. Mums telling the stories behind the decisions, or the necessity, to bottle feed their babies. Why are so many women who are desperate to breastfeed being let down? It’s an important issue – a new mother is far more likely to suffer from postnatal depression if they feel they have failed in their breastfeeding goal.

As I’ve discovered with things like my birth trauma experience, talking is important. So please take some time to read through the upcoming stories from mums who’ve resorted to bottle feeding because breastfeeding didn’t work out, or didn’t last as long as they’d hoped. Perhaps these stories could help out a new mum who’s struggling with a similar situation? Or a father who’s desperate to help his partner through a tough time? Or maybe even we could help enact some change to the way new mothers are supported in their choice of how they feed their child.

 

If you’d like to be involved, please get in touch on bfs@themumfrombrum.co.uk

 

 

11 thoughts on “#bottlefeedingstories | A Blog Series

  1. This is a great idea. Funnily enough my #Blogstravaganza post is about my 5 months breastfeeding and how I’m starting to get sick of it and am trying to get the baby to take a bottle! I’m proud of what I’ve done so far, but also feel a bit judged for wanting to stop doing it exclusively (“oh, there’s no problem, you don’t feel like it anymore?”). Equally, some people are really odd about thane fact I am still breastfeeding (“why on earth are you still breastfeeding, he can’t be getting enough milk from you”). It’s a no-win situation for mums it seems.

    1. It’s true, we can’t win! I think a lot of it comes down to a lack of education about breastfeeding. But equally people are so judgey about things they haven’t got any physical, or emotional, experience of. End of the day, happy and healthy child and parent should be all that matters 🙂

  2. This is a fab idea for a series! I tried to feed both of mine, the first time I lasted three days and the second about an hour! It turns out I’m dry as a bone in the old milk department! I can’t wait to read some insights from others, us mums just do the best we can! Thanks for linking up to #Blogstravaganza, hope to see you again next week xx
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    1. Thank you 🙂 The response I’ve had so far is overwhelmingly positive – I did worry that maybe I’d be wading into those dreaded mummy wars but so far it’s all good. The stories are heartbreaking though 🙁 But you’re right, we’re all doing the very best we can!

  3. What a brilliant and inspired idea for a series. Breastfeeding is soooo difficult at first and without the right support it’s totally understandable that many new mums just aren’t able to go ahead and continue with it. If it’s their decision to switch to bottles then I absolutely salute them as only they can make that decision as they know what is best for themselves and their families. I just find it so sad that so many mums desperately want to breastfeed but don’t get the right support in those difficult early weeks. So many mums then go on to feel guilty and as though they have let themselves down for some reason. I can see this series being a huge support to so many new parents. Thanks so much for sharing with #DreamTeam x

  4. Hi Becki, I think this is an excellent idea for a series. There are so many Mums out there who are made to feel that they are doing something wrong by not breast feeding when at the end of the day it’s shouldn’t be about what the rest of the world thinks, it should be about the Mum and how she is feeling and coping.

    I had a terrible time feeding my first one (my second was a natural). I did stick with it and for me that worked, but had I had a little bit of support those first few weeks with my son may have been a happier time..

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

    xx
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  5. Fab idea for a series hun. I still can’t believe this is still an issue with some people. Everybody has the right to do what feels right for them. I’m sure your series will give a lot of comfort to those who found it hard, myself included.

    Thanks for linking up with #MMBC, Nice to have you back! 🙂 x

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