I can’t believe my family and I are in the Daily Mail today! If you’ve found me here as a result of that, then welcome.
What I’m trying to do is provoke a sensible debate about the insane pressure and, at its worst, bullying, many new mums face over breastfeeding even when:
a) it’s not working
b) their own health is at risk
c) they simply don’t want to.
I’m not anti-breastfeeding by any means, but I am pro-common sense, and that seems to go out of the window all too often as soon as a nipple enters the equation.
If you’ve got a few minutes, get a cuppa and scroll through this blog and/or buy the book (which obviously would be pretty damned awesome of you) – you’ll find lots and lots of stories from women who were treated like shit because of breastfeeding. It makes me so mad. I think it’s about time we all chilled out a bit and helped each other out rather than refusing to accept that sometimes nature has other ideas.
We could start by no longer going on about “failure” and “giving up” when we talk about bottle feeding. Surely what we actually mean is “got on with the very important job of feeding our newborns, however that may be” – right?
I’m really chuffed that this subject is getting the coverage I think it deserves, even though it’s pretty weird to have my face all over it. By the way, I promise I don’t usually sit around in heels, full make up and a brightly coloured wrap dress in the middle of winter while I’m at home looking after my toddler.
I’m not that bonkers.