As you may already know, this week (August 1st-7th) is World Breastfeeding Week, a week to celebrate breastfeeding, change peoples negative views on breastfeeding and to help people learn more about the most natural thing in the world. If you read my blog regularly then you will know I am passionate about breastfeeding and I share a very honest account of what breastfeeding is really like in my breastfeeding diary.
The UK has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world, considering we are a country that knows how beneficial and amazing breastfeeding is, for some reason, research from 2015 shows that only 0.5% of mums are still feeding their babies by the time they reach 12 months old.
Why so low? Well, there are so many different reasons why mothers may decide not to breastfeed their child or continue to breastfeed after the newborn days but one of these reasons is confidence. The research conducted by breastfeeding brand Lansinoh found that more than half the people surveyed felt that UK breastfeeding rates were so low because mothers are scared of negative comments and verbal abuse when feeding in public. I totally get this, as a first time Mum with Leo I used to get really anxious about feeding in public places, even those that were mostly full of other parents, like soft play or the park. I learnt to feed discretely though and once I learnt it is actually illegal for a premises to ask me to leave for feeding my baby I soon started to feel a lot more at ease. Now I am breastfeeding for the second time and I don’t worry about feeding in public at all but there are definitely some places I feel more confident than others.
The Lansinoh research found that 48% of participants felt most uncomfortable seeing a mum feeding in a restaurant and people were most accepting of breastfeeding when it was done on a beach or park – no idea why people think breastfeeding is most acceptable when done outdoors, what is that all about? I definitely think there is a stigma surrounding breastfeeding in public and it is such a shame this negative attitude is having an effect on the UK’s breastfeeding rates.
Lansinoh Feed With Confidence Awards
Although there are lots of places mums don’t feel confident breastfeeding and members of the public don’t feel comfortable witnessing a mum feeding a baby, there are public places that go out of their way to make mums feel at ease while feeding their little ones. I always appreciate seeing a ‘breastfeeding friendly’ sticker stuck on the windows of cafes and other establishments, it makes me feel so much better to know that a place is accepting of breastfeeding and that the staff will have my back if someone says anything negative or abusive while I am feeding. To coincide with this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, Lansinoh have launched their Feed With Confidence Awards as an opportunity for members of the public to nominate an establishment they feel really champions breastfeeding and helps mums to breastfeed with confidence when out and about. So, if there is a café, restaurant, library or any public place that you feel really supports breastfeeding and helps mums to feel confident and comfortable whilst breastfeeding then give them the recognition they deserve and nominate them for this years Lansinoh Feed with Confidence Awards here. Nominations close on December 31st and a winner will be announced in January. By nominating your breastfeeding friendly establishment for the award you are in with a chance of winning a two night stay with Luxury Family Hotels.
I am such a strong believer in the fact that if society was more accepting of breastfeeding and particularly seeing breastfeeding happen in public places that more mums would attempt and continue to feed their babies for longer. Confidence isn’t the sole reason for the UK’s poor breastfeeding rates but it definitely is a major contributor. This World Breastfeeding Week lets try and encourage everyone to stop with the negative attitude towards breastfeeding and to start accepting and respecting it for what it really is, a mum simply giving her baby some food.
To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and the Lansinoh Feed with Confidence Awards I have teamed up with Lansinoh to bring all you breastfeeding mums out there this amazing giveaway. For your chance to win a bundle of Lansinoh products, perfect for helping to get breastfeeding established and helping you have a happy breastfeeding journey, just enter the rafflecopter below. Good luck and happy World Breastfeeding Week!
Prize bundle includes –
Lansinoh breast pads
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin travel and full size
Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags
Earth Friendly baby lotion
Earth Friendly baby shampoo and conditioner
Earth Friendly baby bath
Over to you now, what are your thoughts on breastfeeding in public? Do you get nervous feeding in public? If you are not a nursing mum yourself, do you feel uncomfortable seeing women breastfeeding their babies in a public place? I would love to hear all your thoughts.
Giveaway terms and conditions:
Giveaway is open to UK residents only.
The giveaway will run from August 5th until August 12th and 12.00am.
A winner will be chosen a random using the rafflecopter website.
Prixes will be sent directly from Lansinoh to the winner, Naptime Natter is not responsible for dispatching the products.