They moan not enough women breastfeed…

…after 6 weeks but then it turns out that the NHS support ends there!!!

Yesterday I again went on a hunt To find support and answers and tips on how to stop moo just taking the nipple. I then discovered that both the NHS breastfeeding clinics in the area stop offering assistance when your baby is 6 weeks old. Surely if they want mums to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months they should be offering assistance for at least that length of time! Personally I’d rather see it not have a limit!

It just seems crazy to me that the NHS preach Breast is best, feed exclusively for 6 months etc yet at 6 weeks they cut the support! Maybe it’s just my area I don’t know but it’s flaming frustrated me!

If I had the money I’d be paying a private lactation consultant. Sadly I don’t. So in the mean time until pickle starts school all day I’m going to carry on grinning N bearing it until I can get to the bf cafe!

P.s. Thanks again to all the twitter mummies that have given me breastfeeding advice! It’s been invaluable!

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11 thoughts on “They moan not enough women breastfeed…

    1. That’s the thing with no1 I was so convinced it was the easiest thing in the world so hopefully I can help new mums be more aware it’s not as natural and easy as the NHS make out. X

  1. Hi Hayley,

    despite what we are led to believe, BF is not natural for either Mum or Baby. Takes a lot of time for both to get it right. I had all the same issues as you with DS1, although I did manage to keep going untill around 5.5 months. With DS2, I found it all much less a struggle and managed 8 months – then he grew teeth!

    I also found with both, that although I could feed perfectly on my right side – I could never quite get the latch right on my left. despite seeing an NCT rep at the bf cafe at my local chns centre.

    I dont know whtat you have already tried,, I just to pull DS bottom lip out & make sure that the bottom lip touched the breast first. (I have big boobs & I think that it actually makes things more difficult)

    http://www.kellymom.com saved me many a time! and so did Mumsnet. I know that you are a NM girl but I found more BF support on MN than on NM.

    The NCT is a charity – they will help you free of charge, providing that you can find someone in your area. I know that they have a national call centre.

    Also I found pepermint tea fab! I used to make a strong brew, then store it in a bottle in the fridge. Then when needed, soaked some cotton wool balls & then put them in my bra! It was really soothing! (might explain why I am always finding DS2 scoffing toothpaste in the bathroom!) lol

    good luck & keep up the hard work!

  2. I can’t believe they sto support at 6 weeks – how awful. Here are some more numbers – all are charities – one of them should have someone in your area that could see you at a meeting or in person.

    Breastfeeding Network 0300 100 0210

    La Leche League Helpline 0845 120 2918

    Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Helpline 0844 412 2949

    National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212

    This is a really helpful facebook page – try posting here for some help –

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dispelling-Breastfeeding-Myths/103045073084559

    Good luck xx

  3. It’s so frustrating how little support there is for breastfeeding mums, especially considering the pressure there is on new mums to breastfeed! Well done for highlighting this problem; my friend and I are so annoyed by it that we’ve just started a group locally to us, we’ve both had problems establishing feeding, and unfortunately the problems don’t just stop there. Weaning, extended feeding etc all come with their own set of issues, and unlike with using bottles you can’t just follow the instructions! Xxx

  4. You don’t need to be a member of the NCT to use their helpline, I pretty sure I’m right there. I was and used them when I had a blocked duct and they were brilliant. You may not be able to speak to someone straight away, but they will call you back and I’m sure they can help. Keep going, you’re doing great.

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