Breastfeeding Mothers and New Mothers Need Support

With news this week of the threatened closure of the Breastfeeding Baby Café in Northampton due to funding problems, the question has been raised about the support provided to breastfeeding new mums and where this support comes from.

New mothers and breastfeeding mums require both practical and emotional support. This support can come from family and friends, medical professionals and charities and groups, such as the Baby Café.

The support of family and friends is great if you’ve got it but we no longer live in a community surrounded by extended family. We lead busy lives, often miles away from our parents and siblings, and friends have their own hectic lives to lead.

Midwives, health visitors and the NHS provide practical breastfeeding support to new mothers. Many new mums however are in need of ongoing emotional support and advice too and this is where the charities and groups come in.

The Breastfeeding Baby Cafés are supported by the NCT and provide the chance for new mums to meet other new mums, share experiences and get advice on breastfeeding in an informal setting. This emotional support cannot be measured and its value goes far beyond getting a baby to breastfeed comfortably. Without emotional support, breastfeeding women can feel isolated and their self-esteem can suffer; this can take years to recover from.

Services like this need to be encouraged and expanded to be available to new mums and breast-feeding women everywhere and not struggling and worrying about funding. The breastfeeding mums in Northampton have started a Facebook campaign to highlight problems with their funding and the value of such a resource. These new mums need our support. Please join their campaign on Facebook below:

They have also started a Twitter campaign, so please follow them and show support:!/save_baby_cafe

The power of harnessing social media to highlight a social cause, like raising the profile of breastfeeding in public, is not to be underestimated. These courageous women are utilising the social power available to them to draw attention to their need. Social Breastfeeding is here to stay!


3 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Mothers and New Mothers Need Support

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  2. My first breastfeeding exrneipece began almost 6 years ago. That’s how old our eldest boy is now. His was a wonderful birth and despite some conflicting advice in the hospital and himself being a very slow feeder, we got on wonderfully and our breastfeding exrneipece was to last 13 months.Our second boy literally popped out and into the world ninety minutes after arriving at the hospital. He, too, latched on straightaway and he soon proved to be the opposite of his big brother. Not for him the long, lazy snuggles in his mothers arms, but rather lets get this job done so I can go back to sleep. He was a very efficient feeder from the get go. Breastfeeding came into its own when he fell foul with a horrible bout of chicken pox at seven months. Coupled with three top teeth that decided to appear at once, this chap just couldn’t catch a break. 9 months later, I was six months pregnant with son number three, and he fell asleep for the first time without a breastfeed. At 16 months old, he weaned.Our third little boy was born via emergency section and for the first time as a breastfeeding mother, it looked as if it was not going to work out for us. He was sleepy and not at all interested in latching on but the second day, when I was feeing a little less groggy, things took a turn for the better and we didn’t look back.Another little bloke who enjoyed his mothers milk for 16 months. I was 6 months pregnant with son number four and with the joyful prospect of feeding a newborn again, it was with a light heart that I let him go onto the next stage of his life.Our fourth son was a wondeful VBAC and is now 7 months old and as much a joy to feed as his older brothers. Of course, he is doing that acrobatic twist of his head at the slightest noise which makes it practically impossible to feed him sometimes.I love breastfeeding. It is so calming, nurturing and precious. I love the way all of our boys went into a massive body tremble when they saw me and realised dinner was about to be served. One of the lads used to get excited when he spotted a particular bra I had. That poor chap has no surprises left for his teenage years I fear!It may have been a challenge in the beginning and certainly after the section, but I am so proud of the fact that I am a breastfeeding mother.This Christmas will be the first Christmas in 6 years that I am not pregnant BUT still breastfeeding.

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