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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org