August 15, 2021
Health visitors are now advising that babies are breastfed until 2 years old (in accordance with WHO guidance). I have a really mixed response to this.🙌🏼 Great! Let’s normalize breastfeeding for as long as parents and babies are happy to do so and let them naturally wean when ready!But also...😬 Egh. So now pregnancy is going to be full of ‘when you have your baby you should breastfeed for 2 years!’ - whilst also failing to provide sufficient post-natal support with breastfeeding AND giving out breastfeeding unfriendly (and often inaccurate and out of date) information.🤓 Breastfeed your baby for 2 years BUT....🤚🏻 Stop breastfeeding if your baby’s not sleeping through the night by X months🤚🏻 Only breastfeed your baby every 3 hours🤚🏻 Introduce formula if your baby is not in a high enough centileEtc etcThere’s no point giving such a high goal if you’re not going to a) give adequate post-natal support and b) change the narrative about NORMAL baby behaviour! It just sets parents up to feel like they’ve failed - and that’s really awful. On so many levels.Breastfeeding is amazing. Often difficult, often bumpy, often beautiful, often amazing. So breastfeed for as long as you want to - or don’t want to. But it should be your informed choice. And you should be supported in that choice.Rachel xxx
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