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Feeding Rooms - All is Forgiven!

December 21, 2007 - Tag: Breastfeeding - Comments (0)

Okay, I admit it – feeding rooms can be handy and useful. Up until recently I dismissed them as being a waste of space and would not use them as a matter of principle; why should I be ‘locked’ away to feed my baby when I have a legal right to breast feed in public and would much rather do so than sit alone staring at a blank wall for 15 minutes (or much longer).

However, my husband and I were grabbing a quick cuppa in a supermarket cafe on our mega Christmas shopping day, when our little one needed a change of nappy. So off I went to the changing room come feeding room. During the change my son started to wriggle and become unsettled and I knew hunger was looming. I hurried to get the task done as quickly as I could but he was crying very soon and, spotting a chair in the corner, I made the decision to feed him there and then rather than struggle past all the Christmas shoppers to get back to our seats in the cafe.

This turned out to be a very good decision on my part. Firstly, compared to the cafe’s ‘greasy spoon’ style chairs this was like sitting on a throne, with an arm on which to rest my arm and a padded cushion under my bottom. Secondly, as my son had a bit of a cold and stuffy nose he kept coming up for air and coughing and spluttering at regular intervals, not a great advert for breastfeeding. Thirdly, there was much noise and distraction in the cafe. As he is sometimes easily distracted during a feed these days it prevented any embarrassing exposure when he stopped to look at around at what was going on and meant he could eat his lunch in peace.

I still do not intend to use a feeding room on a regular basis, but on the odd occasion they can be quite handy!

Breastfed Babies Have A Higher IQ

November 11, 2007 - Tag: Breastfeeding - Comments (0)

Its official – breastfed babies have a higher IQ on average than bottle fed babies (well tell us something we didn’t know!). You can read further details in this article from The Daily Mail.

Breastfeeding: The Window Seat or the Toilet Seat?

October 15, 2007 - Tag: Breastfeeding - Comments (0)

I was shocked and angered by the suggestion on C4’s Bringing Up Baby that a mother should breastfeed her baby in a toilet rather than in public. Dreena Hamilton, one of the shows three ‘baby experts’, explained that she was against a woman feeding her baby in public areas. This view was echoed by maternity nurse Claire Verity, who compared breastfeeding to dropping one’s trousers and exposing oneself at the dinner table.

As a breastfeeding mother I share the view expressed by Claire Scott , an advocate of the Continuum Concept, that breastfeeding is natural and we should have every right to feed our babies when they are hungry, wherever we may be.

Breastfeeding in public can, and is, done very discreetly by the majority of nursing mothers. As Claire Scott stated on the program, if it is an issue for those nearby, it is THEIR issue, not that of the nursing mother. My husband agrees, and objects to the sexist comment made by Dreena Hamilton, who implied men only think about one thing when they see a breast.

The toilet is a totally inappropriate place to feed a baby. Public toilets are often unclean and unhygienic places for going to the toilet, let alone for feeding a baby. Even though some shops have a designated nursing room for mothers, I would never use one as I don’t feel that breastfeeding is unnatural or dirty such that it would require me being quarantined from the rest of the world for half an hour at a time. Further more, it would be unsocial and boring for whoever I am shopping with. My husband in particular would rather I fed in public (with him) so he can spend time with his family.

The UK law is soon changing to make it illegal to stop a woman breastfeeding in a public place. This law couldn’t come soon enough as far as I am concerned, after all, would you want to eat your lunch in a toilet? I am sure Dreena Hamilton wouldn’t.

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