Breastfeeding is the easiest, cheapest and most convenient way of feeding your baby. Or at least it can be. Eventually. The reality is that while most women start off breastfeeding their newborn, the majority have switched to formula by six weeks1.
One potential reason for this exodus may be the lack of accurate information provided to new mothers about the realities of breastfeeding. It’s absolutely possible for breastfeeding to be comfortable – even enjoyable – but achieving this frequently involves overcoming some significant obstacles.
Very few of these difficulties are ever really mentioned in the copious pro-breastfeeding books and leaflets given to new mothers because, in the words of one health visitor, ‘we don’t want to put them off.’ Though this approach is understandable, when women do start experiencing problems, they may think that breastfeeding is something that they can’t do properly and, often, they give up.
When I started to have trouble with breastfeeding I ended up in a pretty desperate state. My saving grace was having a background as a research scientist, which led me to look at what real medical research says about breastfeeding, rather than just blindly accepting the breastfeeding propaganda I received shortly before and after the birth.
Pregnancy and childbirth aren’t necessarily easy, so why should breastfeeding be? This site is strongly pro-breastfeeding (there’s no doubt it’s the best way to feed your child) but it’s also realistic. It aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding breastfeeding, document the experiences of real women, and offer analysis and advice based on actual scientific research, which frequently reveals a different picture to the one painted by public health literature!