This morning I talked about breastfeeding battles on BBC Radio Solent’s breakfast show.
I work at the station part-time myself so it was very strange to be on the other side of an interview – but the presenter decided to host a phone-in on whether there is too much pressure on women to breastfeed and asked me to be involved.
I told my story, and some of the stories of other mums both here on the blog and in the book (which will be out SOON SOON SOON I promise!) and waited for the inevitable backlash, for people to phone in and tell me once again what a bad mum I am.
It didn’t happen.
The response was astonishing – women from all generations (one caller said her children are now in their 50s) who have been badly treated when breastfeeding didn’t work out for them. In the book I’ve written a whole chapter on the basics of postnatal care and how they haven’t been updated since the early 1900s. Today I saw that first hand.
Much more recently, one lady – and this has haunted me all day – said she was told her newborn daughter must be a witch because she couldn’t breastfeed. I actually gasped out loud in the studio at that.
A midwife rang in and said she was in tears listening to the show. She didn’t want to give her real name (which is interesting in itself) but agreed that bedside manner was an issue.
I’ve worked so hard to get the book together and now I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface. There are just SO MANY of us out there.
Have a listen and let me know what you think – link only active for 7 days so GO!