Breastfeeding Stations: Show of Support or Telling Mothers to Feed in Private?

My wife and I recently attended Abergavenny Food Festival. Whilst there we saw something that I no doubt many others have seen plenty of times before: a breastfeeding station. My first thought when I saw it was “oh look, that’s awesome” but when I really started to think about it, I started to question what message it was really sending. Are Breastfeeding stations a helpful show of support or an indirect way of telling mothers to breastfeed in private? That’s the question that came to my mind when I saw this. Are these breastfeeding stations merely a very subtle, even…

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Breastfeeding in Public: Learning to Feed with Confidence

As I started my breastfeeding journey I was worried about two things: not physically being able to do it, and breastfeeding in public. Fortunately the first worry didn’t turn it to much. I had moments where it was a real struggle – like every mum probably does – but I never questioned whether I could physically do it once I started. Breastfeeding in public, on the other hand, was still something that worried me. Breastfeeding in Public: the Early Days The early days are pretty rough; it’s a bit like living in a fog. Boob, sleep, nappy, repeat. In the…

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The Importance of Breastfeeding Awareness Weeks

Breastfeeding is something that the majority of mothers have a go at when they have a newborn. According to Unicef around 81% of mothers start out breastfeeding, with that figure dropping to 24% by the time the baby hits just 6 weeks old. Why the sudden drop? Well as you would expect, there’s no single reason for it. From a Guardian article that tried to raise a little bit of breastfeeding awareness surrounding why women might stop, it said the follow: Surveying around 300 women who had stopped breastfeeding in the first six months, Brown found that around 80% cited pain…

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8 Ways Breastfeeding Made Our Lives So Much Easier

Before I start this I have to say one thing: I don’t breastfeed. I never have and I never will. Although that’s only because I’m the dad in this breastfeeding journey. As such, well, I don’t really have to explain biology on this blog now do I? But my wife does breastfeed. It might have been incredibly hard to establish at first, and people often ask “when does breastfeeding get easier?” but in the long term breastfeeding did make our lives so much easier, despite the early day difficulties. Since people love lists, well I hope they love lists, I thought…

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Boob Cake: Celebrating One Year of Breastfeeding with a Milking Boob Cake

When our baby’s first birthday was coming up, we knew we were going to have to make her a cake. But whilst my wife was sorting that out, I thought I’d make a different cake. A boob cake. Only I wanted to make it a little more special. So I wanted to show my support to my wife for hitting one year of breastfeeding by making a boob cake. But not just any old boob cake. One that actually milked! Why I Wanted to Show My Support with a Boob Cake Breastfeeding is bloody hard work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a…

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