Thanks for hopping over from Mum Without Wheels and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 6 The People Behind The Breastfeeder; sponsors today include ARDO Breastpumps who are giving away a Calypso Single Breastpump, Breastvest who are offering an essential breastvest duo (1x black and 1x white) in your size and Mother Loves Cookies who are providing a box of delicious lactation cookies for our Grand Prize winner. Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
As I’m not a mum and don’t have the ability to feed from the breast (believe me I’ve tried), I’ve been a supporter and have witnessed the range of support that is or should be available to all mums.
From the start with our first baby, there was support in the delivery suite. We had our latch checked and all was good.
Later on, when we discovered we were having issues, there were local supporters, but we had the help of the infant feeding coordinator at our local hospital, who was a star!
We’ve been trying to increase awareness of support in our local area and offer support to others locally, as well as friends and family.
Now. looking at myself as a supporter. I wasn’t very clued up in the beginning but I’m way more different now!
Part of me almost wanted someone to come over to tell my wife to stop breastfeeding, so I could confront them with kindness, wisdom and knowledge.
In fact, I am so into it, I can check my wife’s latch to see how effective it is, and have to be careful when I comment on other mums who I know very well. I wouldn’t go over to someone to check and review their latch! 🙂
But there is also practical support. Both directly and indirectly.
- making/preparing snacks and meals you can eat one handed
- not giving up on them if it’s difficult
- and much more
After going through it all, twice, the thing that encourages me the most is that things are getting better all the time. More peer supporters are joining. People on social media are engaging to help out friends of friends. Even hospital staff are becoming more breastfeeding aware. Plus, I haven’t heard the need for a ‘sit in’ for some time now, so I’m hoping and praying that the change continues for the better.
For more on the people behind the breastfeeder please hop on over to Quite Frankly She Said where you can also gain further entries into the grand prize draw. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Keeping Britain Breastfeeding w ebsite. UK residents only.