Midwives called to support women struggling over breastfeeding

Midwives called to support mothers over breastfeeding
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The Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) have called on support for both women who decide to use formula milk instead of breastfeeding.

The team’s new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they still decide to bottle feed using formula milk.

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The college of midwives disclosed that often some women struggle to start or sustain breastfeeding, they acknowledged that breastfeeding is best for children. They however insist that informed choice must be promoted.

On the other hand, the National Childbirth Trust says women can experience unacceptable levels of pressure however they feed their babies; from family and friends, as well as from people they hardly know.

Mothers who breastfeed their babies often feel pressurised and constrained on how often, how long, whether, where they breastfeed. Similarly, mothers who use formula milk often feel judged or guilty too, particularly – but not only – if they planned to breastfeed.

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A research at Liverpool University studied the experiences of more than 1,600 new mums in 2016. Among the 890 who did formula feeding, 67% reported feeling guilty, 68% felt stigmatised and 76% felt the need to defend their feeding choice.

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