UK Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Is Simply Amazing - But Our Focus On It Is Excessive

Joanna Cates | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Parents
Joanna Cates

It seems to me that the focus on breastfeeding is excessive and that for some children, the milk they have in the first year of their life may actually be the highest quality food they ever get - even if it's made from the dreaded formula.

Mum Receives Wedding Invite That Requires Her To Only Breastfeed In Ladies' Toilets

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has shared a slip she received with the invite to her friend’s wedding, which stated women could only breastfeed in the ladies’ toilets. Th...

'Look At Him Watching You Eat, He's Desperate To Join In!'

Amy Brown | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Just when you feel you've got the hang of giving your baby milk feeds, suddenly everyone becomes an expert on introducing solid foods. Alongside the questions of what you're going to give and how, a particular favourite topic is when your baby will start.

Can A Man Breastfeed? Supporting Breastfeeding LGBTQ Families

B.J. Epstein | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Parents
B.J. Epstein

These are just some of questions that I've frequently been asked in the 34 months of my daughter's life. Despite the obvious point that they're rather personal subjects to discuss with people I often don't know very well, the topic of breastfeeding and LGBTQ families is an extremely important one.

Fearne Cotton On How She Learned To Love Her Post-Baby Body: 'I Still Have A Saggy Tummy'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.08.2017 | UK Parents

Fearne Cotton said she has learned to love her body after giving birth to two children, including her “saggy lower tummy”. The 35-year-old present...

Why This Mum Was Fearful Of Tandem Breastfeeding Her Two Daughters Born One Year Apart

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who gave birth to her two daughters just one year and two days apart has explained why she was initially fearful of tandem breastfeeding. The mu...

Mum Got Told She Looked Like A 'Villain', So She Was Inspired To Create This Striking Disney-Inspired Shoot

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who gets comments on her photos saying she looks like a “villain” was inspired to use this remark as the basis of a self-portrait photoshoot...

Pink Shares Photo As She Pumps Breast Milk During A #MumBreak

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents

Pink made sure she had time to fit in mum duties while also working on her latest album with her record company. The singer had posted a group photo o...

When I Breastfed You - A Letter To My Baby

Lyndsey Richardson | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Richardson

And now, with both my freedom and your first tiny bit of independence from me almost in reach, I find that I'm crying. This is the first time I have really seen my baby grow a little older and it's the first of many bittersweet moments to come as you grow into your own person.

Normalise Breastfeeding? Normalise Breasts

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

Changing a nation's attitudes to the female form, breasts and breastfeeding isn't easy, but the west can continue to learn from the world. Educating young children about breastfeeding is one major way to support mothers.

Motherhood Is Not A Competition

Georgia Handley | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Georgia Handley

I think these women are looking for some validation, someone to tell them they are doing the right thing for their children. Well let me say it; if you are doing what you feel is best for your children and they are well fed and taken care of then you are doing it right!

He For She: Why Men Are A Crucial Link In Breastfeeding Support

Amy Brown | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Thankfully men with these attitudes are rare, but it's not enough for others to simply be silent on the issue. Silence is complicity and all that. But the real reason we critically need men to add their voice to the debate is their very notable absence from it. Breastfeeding works best when women feel supported by those around her and that includes men; potentially her partner but also her father, her brother, her friends... their attitudes matter.

It's Time Society Stopped Shaming Women For Breastfeeding

Professor Neena Modi | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Professor Neena Modi

Let's also be quite clear about modern milk formulae: in contrast to the products of yesteryear, they are safe and when constituted correctly, provide sound nourishment, so no mother who makes a conscious, informed decision to use formula should feel or be made to feel guilty.

V&A Museum Forced To Apologise After Breastfeeding Mother Told To 'Cover Up'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK

London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum has been forced to apologise after a woman was told to “cover-up” while breastfeeding her child. In a ...

World Infant Feeding Week? The Hate Just Proves Why It Is Needed

Holly Leppard | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK Parents
Holly Leppard

Breastfeeders should celebrate, be proud and feel comfortable feeding in public. Formula feeders should celebrate, be proud and feel comfortable feeding in public. We need to stop the comparisons; every woman, every baby is different and their needs are individual. Only with that common awareness will the guilt, shame and embarrassment stop. Only then will we be able to focus on what matters, feeding and loving your baby without distractions.

How We Feed Our Babies Matters

Rachel Murray | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Rachel Murray

It matters because if breastfeeding rates continue to decline, we will lose the collective breastfeeding knowledge and experience of mothers, grandmothers, health professionals and breastfeeding counsellors.

The Day Breastfeeding Nearly Tore My Family Apart

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Vicki Cockerill

Anyone who is reading this, feeling like they cannot go on or feeling like they cannot cope and are feeling guilty about the alternatives, don't. As a parent, you have more than enough guilt to feel, do not add to it.

6 Reasons Why You Might Have Stopped Breastfeeding, And That’s Okay

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Parents

The majority of mums in the UK plan to breastfeed their baby before they give birth; in fact UNICEF reports that there is 81% initial uptake by new mu...

Mum Who Has Donated 78,000 Ounces Of Breast Milk Wants People To Know What It Takes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who has a condition causing her to produce an oversupply of breast milk donates gallons each day to mothers and babies in need. Elisabeth Ketur...

Breastfeeding Week, Benefits And Diet

Tai Ibitoye | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Parents
Tai Ibitoye

It is World Breastfeeding Week. This is a global movement to promote, protect and support breastfeeding by anyone, anywhere and at any time.  Breastf...

The Misconceptions Of Breastfeeding

Beth Crampsie | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Parents
Beth Crampsie

I gave up and felt like a failure, my one and very important job and I couldn't do it. Would mother and son be able to bond properly? Would he be stupid? These and other questions whirring through my mind. What made it worse were the reactions of other women, how could I stop and was I really using a bottle in public with formula in it.

Mum Slams People Criticising Her For Breastfeeding Daughter Who Starts School In September

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who posts videos online while breastfeeding has hit back at people who are criticising her for nursing her four-year-old daughter on camera. Le...

How Do You Feed Your Baby? Does It Matter?

Antonina Mamzenko | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Antonina Mamzenko

After speaking to many mothers, I'm starting to realise that something's gotta change. Somewhere in our support system, everyone got so obsessed with "breast is best" - for the baby - that the mother's needs and difficulties are often dismissed and they are left with mother's guilt for not being able to nourish their baby "the right way" eating them alive.

Why Is There Not More Breastfeeding Support Available?

Shannon Lowe | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Shannon Lowe

For the first month, all I felt was pain. It felt like broken glass was being sucked through my nipples and I got awful stabbing pains in my boob. My midwife and health visitor both told me that was normal. I persevered, praying my nipples would toughen up and the pain would go. It didn't.

This Is Why The UK's Breastfeeding Rate Is So Low

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Parents

The number of mums choosing to breastfeed is currently among the lowest in world and shows “little sign” of improving, according to the Royal Coll...