So this morning I went along to a Breastfeeding workshop that the local maternity services run. It was a long morning and full of information. Some relevant some not. Last night me and snafflesmummy were talking about it on twitter and she reminded me that it’d probably be a very rosy picture that the NHS painted, and boy was it.
Our local hospital are currently aiming for some Baby Friendly Award status thing which I didn’t really understand but a lot of it was referred to UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative, which I have to say I had never heard of previously, but after this morning and all the facts and figures the midwife churned out in relation to this initiative I’m certainly familiar with it now!
Now don’t get me wrong I am pro breastfeeding! I wouldn’t be trying my best to conquer it this time around if not! But sometimes, as was the case with preschooler, Mums cannot manage to breastfeed and bottle feeding is a must. What seriously wound me up was the scare tactics that were used when discussing bottle feeding, the “Your child will get obese, your child will get heart disease, your child will get asthma, but if you breastfeed none of this will happen”. Uh WRONG! Both me and my brother were breastfed, he still had asthma and he still had eczema! Breastfeeding doesn’t mean your child won’t get these things! Yet the midwife made out like breastfeeding made sure that your child will never have any health problems if they are breastfed and that the majority of bottle fed babies end up in A+E with infections etc due to their immune systems being low, Preschooler has only been a handful of times and none of them were for infections or related problems.
Then there was her “Breastfeeding is 99% safe contraceptive and although we don’t advise that you use it exclusively as a contraceptive its perfectly safe to do so”. So safe and certain that my Mum fell pregnant with my brother when I was 9 months old!
There was also very limited discussion over issues that may arise such as mastitus, tongue ties and other breastfeeding hurdles! I wasn’t the only second time Mum there and the other couple had also had issues first time around, tbh I’m amazed that second time mums are even allowed as of course we all brought up various issues we had had when we had our first, yet they were just dismissed and very vauge answers given.
Did I find it helpful? Not really! I didn’t come away with anything I didn’t already know other than the realisation that no I never have seen an advert for newborn formula nor dummies. Other than that? Nowt! If I’m honest I feel like I wasted a whole morning on listening to the stereotypical unrealistic breastfeeding view! I’ve learnt more from the lovely Mums that have commented on previous breastfeeding posts and have answered my questions about it on twitter. I guess you live and learn!