It appears that during WHO’s review last year, the issue of breastfeeding complications weren’t raised as a ‘priority for discussion’. In fact, WHO officials reported that they have not specifically studied the complications from exclusive breastfeeding and have no studies or grants commissioned to monitor complications of the BFHI
We mommies are sometimes faced with tough decisions for the well being of our children. I know what it's like to make a choice that parts of society could rip you apart for.
Ok, so back to breastmilk. No problem, I was dairy free and all, well wait... my supply had dropped. I didn't make enough so time to start all the tricks to start producing more milk, right? It was easy. Teas, water, blessed thistle, brewers yeast, power pumping 3 times a day... except it didn't work.
Most know breast milk has added benefits, but that doesn’t mean formula isn’t a cracking good substitute. The campaign works but to the detriment of some mothers. I'm lucky; I have a fantastic girl gang who helped me see the good in myself. My baby-blues ebbed but for some the depression takes hold. I am not suggesting this is all linked to feeding, but for a proportion, feeding difficulties play a critical role.
Definition: 'The Black Dog' - depression or sullen mood - was famously used by Britain's WWII leader Sir Winston Churchill referring to his own depressions. When writing to his wife, he talks about a German doctor who may be able to help: "I think this man might be useful to me – if my black dog returns. He seems quite… Continue reading Walking A Fine Line Between Coping & The Black Dog Taking Control
The hashtag #TreeOfLife has been a huge trend over the last few months with women sharing edited feeding photos, many with personal anecdotes about the image. Many are visually stunning and heartwarming reads. The creators at PicsArt state: “The Tree of Life has served as a symbol for connecting all forms of creation throughout most of… Continue reading #TreeOfLife; Inclusive Of All Mothers?
Anna Meads, Mummy Blogger of 'Diary Of A Mixed Up Mum', shares her experience when it came to feeding her children Theo (2) & Daisy (5 months): "When I was pregnant with my son, I was determined that I was going to breastfeed him for at least six months. When he was born he latched… Continue reading My Feeding & Attachment Struggles
Sarah Dowsett emailed her story to Don't Judge Just Feed, and I'm so very honoured she chose our support network to share her emotional journey. When reading her low moments, it brought me to tears as I could completely relate to those dark periods in motherhood. I was also very saddened that the care she… Continue reading I never slept, I never relaxed; My son never slept, he never relaxed.
Now that I'm a little older and a little wiser. I really don't feel that it makes a difference how a woman chooses to sustain her baby. I'm a supporter of feeding your baby any way you need (or want) to feed your baby. This is a cause like many other causes that women should be supporting each other in. I see a lot of very negative and very aggressive remarks between women talking about mothers should be feeding their babies & I really feel like the women of the world in general should be supporting each other; especially mothers. Mother's should be supporting each other in decisions like this without a doubt.
...if I help lessen the hell of bottle feeding guilt for just one mum, it'll be worth divulging my most sensitive and personal secret to you all. So here goes...