A mum slammed as "perverse" for breastfeeding her grown toddler insists she is not a hippy. Michelle Emerson, 33, proudly breastfeeds her two-year-old daughter and posts pictures on social media despite receiving cruel comments. Instead of being involved in alternative living, mum-of-two Michelle is a civil servant from Hornchurch, east London, and has been breastfeeding her daughter Emmeline since she was a newborn in June 2016. She breastfeeds her daughter, who is twenty-five months old, five to seven times a day and insists she will keep going until Emmeline is ready to stop. Michelle said she is now confident enough to breastfeed in public after not feeling comfortable enough to do so with first daughter Ellie, 12. "I genuinely don't have a plan. I'm pretty much letting Emmeline guide me. I didn't plan on breastfeeding this long but we're still going strong," Michelle said. "Breastfeeding a toddler definitely makes for some inventive feeding positions we use. But I actually feel … [Read more...] about Mum slammed as ‘perverse’ for breastfeeding toddler insists ‘I am not a hippy’
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Zlati Meyer USA TODAY Published 5:00 p.m. UTC Jul 16, 2018 The question of how to feed a child is as old as time. But the economics behind it are back in the spotlight following a news report that the U.S. government opposed an international resolution supporting breastfeeding and limiting inaccurate marketing of alternatives. The debate over breast milk versus baby formula stirs arguments about the health effects and convenience of each. But it also raises the question about what we pay to feed babies. "Cost plays an important role in the decision between whether to nurse or formula-feed," said Carrie Johnson, an assistant professor of human development and family science at North Dakota State University. "But breastfeeding isn’t always what you think of as free." Some women don't have a choice; they have to buy formula due to a medical condition (theirs or their babies'), an … [Read more...] about What’s the cost of feeding a baby for a year? Hint: Nursing isn’t free.
It’s difficult to talk about breastfeeding in a productive way right now, writes Amy Brown.On the one hand, the UK’s breastfeeding rates are so low, that campaigns such as National Breastfeeding week have become really important in encouraging more people to support it. Unfortunately, at the same time, these events often stir up a lot of hurt, by reminding many women why we have such low rates in the first place. Whether they are breastfeeding, struggling to, or find they can’t, far too many women experience a lack of support in feeding their baby.One of the traps public health promotion can fall into is being so keen to promote breastfeeding that any challenges get glossed over, through fear that it’ll put women off. Instead breastfeeding gets painted as some kind of idyllic, simple, miracle cure for all ills. Of course, many women hugely value breastfeeding, but any approach that takes this stance is doing both women and breastfeeding a huge … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding is not ‘easy’ – stop telling new mothers that it is
New mums will no longer be pressured by midwives into breastfeeding their babies or made to feel guilty if they bottle-feed. Updated guidance from the Royal College of Midwives, released on Tuesday, stresses that bottle-feeding is a "woman's right" and should be respected. The new policy recommends that balanced and relevant information be given to parents choosing to formula feed their babies, whether exclusively or partially, to enable them to do so safely and with support to encourage good bonding. “If, after being given appropriate information, advice and support on breastfeeding, a woman chooses not to do so, or to give formula as well as breastfeeding, her choice must be respected,” the policy says. The organisation says the move acknowledges the fact that many women cannot breastfeed, or do not want to. RCM’s Chief Executive Gill Walton said: “Evidence clearly shows that breastfeeding in line with WHO guidance brings optimum benefits for the health of … [Read more...] about Mums will be told bottle-feeding is a woman’s right
Breastfeeding in public is not an illegal activity in the UK. The laws of our country state the only time you can be discouraged from breastfeeding is if you whip a hooter out in a dangerous place, next to a nuclear reactor for example, or if you wanted to do it somewhere that, designated by law, provides a service solely for men. Guided by this then, as a breastfeeding mother, where you choose to whip your wobblers out and sate your baby’s appetite, is limited solely by your imagination. Yesterday I dared do it on a train (I know, outrageous). It was a mid-morning service, not a rush hour one, and the carriage was half empty. Even so, I sat in a seat designed for ‘those less able to stand’ and minding my own business I quietly breastfed The Babe. Midway through our feed the lady sitting next to us stood up, turned to me and told me she ‘felt uncomfortable’ and then walked away. I was unsure what she felt uncomfortable about, so just in case it was me … [Read more...] about Why Is Breastfeeding Even A Topic For Discussion?