benefits of breastfeeding
When I tell people that my wife still breastfeeds they tend to see me as incredibly lucky. After all, I pretty much sleep through the night. I have done since Isabelle was around eight weeks old. In part, it's mostly down to the fact that Rachel still breastfeeds.
I must confess, at the beginning, I found breastfeeding very daunting and scary because I have heard so many stories from mothers who have already gone through the experience of breastfeeding in public--and they were not good experiences.
Looking back, I wish I had known these things to help make me feel "normal" instead of having people tell me to stop and give up because I wasn't giving my baby what he needed when in fact he put on lots of weight very quickly and is a healthy and happy baby!
Don't get me wrong, I and millions of other women will be happy to have one breastfeeding emoji at least. Big thanks to Rachel Lee and Joshua Jones - the design may not be perfect but we owe them our gratitude for getting this far.
I was relieved to realise that my own utter lack of awareness of the whole breastfeeding process was shared by other mothers in the room. Breastfeeding and milk production should be covered on the school syllabus and in more depth in ante natal classes.
The United Kingdom has one of the lowest rates of breast feeding in Europe with the latest statistics for England stating that while 73% of new mothers initiate breastfeeding the number rapidly declines to 45% by 6-8 weeks. What on earth is happening between birth and two months of age to warrant such a significant drop?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked controversy with his outspoken views on breastfeeding, describing it as "a kind