Never in a million years thought I'd breastfeed

by 21stcenturymummy on July 2, 2010

Is breast-feeding creepy?

There seems to have a been a big backlash following Cathryn Blundell’s (deputy editor at Mother and Baby) comment in the magazine that she finds breast-feeding creepy. I have to say I agree with her in a way.

Never thought I’d breastfeed

Right up until the moment my daughter was born I never thought I would breastfeed for exactly that reason. Up until then, as far as I was concerned, my boobs has only ever been used as accessories to attract men! I found the whole idea of using them to feed a baby too weird and unnatural. Despite breast milk supposedly being better than formula, I didn’t think I’d be able to get over my aversion to it, so I thought it would be straight to the bottle.

The most natural thing in the world

However, the minute my daughter was born my attitude suddenly changed. Suddenly and bizarrely, breast-feeding seemed like the most natural thing in the world. My change of attitude was incredible and it wasn’t something that happened consciously. I did it for 5 months. During this time however, I couldn’t bear to think of my breasts being used for anything other feeding my baby. The thought turned my stomach! I think it all must all be to do with our clever bodies releasing hormones that make you want to do feed your baby, because as soon as I stopped breast-feeding, I couldn’t believe I’d ever done it (especially as my boobs are now ruined).

I do think breast-feeding children who can walk and talk a bit creepy. But that’s just my opinion.

I guess everyone is different. Did anyone else find breast-feeding to creepy to actually do it or think they’d never breast-feed but did?

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FIONA DOWLE July 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Hello!!!

Just to say I am a friend of Alison’s and sometimes run into you on the local streets and wanted to get in touch with you to tell you

THEY ARE GOING TO CLOSE THE FULHAM SANDS END PLAYHOUSE!

can you help save it..

(PLEASE FORWARD TO ANY ONE RELEVANT)

The Sands End Playhouse in Fulham is being closed down in September because of loss of funding due to government cuts…….

It has been there for 40 years and the government has decided not to fund them anymore

They received a letter this morning saying that they have not got their funding and it will therefore close in September.

THEY HAVE 5 DAYS TO APPEAL.

However the council must receive 500 EMAILS BY MONDAY MORNING in order for the appeal to go ahead.

The Sands End PLayhouse in Fulham run a under 5’s playgroup (drop-in centre for carers and children) every morning and after school clubs for working parents. They have an indoor area with toys, painting and activities and an outdoor space. It only costs £2 per family as a donation as its 70% is funded by the council. The people who work there have been there for 25 years and are really lovely and put a huge amount of effort into running it.

It really is terrible and will be a huge loss to the community. Could you please send an email over the weekend, stating what a great loss it will be and that they should reconsider.

The email addresses to send to are:

steve.hamilton@lbhf.gov.uk
ali.delisle@lbhf.gov.uk
jane.law@lbhf.gov.uk

21stcenturymum July 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Hi Fiona

How are you? Can you repost it on my about me section, then I will approve it so it is visible and will also do a post on it. I have already signed a petition but will also email the names you supplied and contact my MP.

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marketingtomilk July 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I think breastfeeding is wonderful. I always knew i would do it, and i was very lucky not to have any problems with either of my children. However, i defy anyone to judge anyone else if they choose not to breastfeed. I hate the way we give mothers a hard time over it, like we do so many other things. Empower women to believe then CAN do it, so they feel like giving it a go, but don’t demonise them if it doesn’t work out.
This is my fuller take on it:

http://marketingtomilk.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/were-doing-our-best-honest/

I do think Cathryn Blundell is entitled to her own opinion. However, it was very foolish of her to give her opinion to a mother and baby magazine considering her previous position.

FIONA DOWLE July 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

thanks!

that’s great. I have just posted it on your site so fingers crossed more people can see it and help.

I havent seen a petition but I will happily sign it if possible.
fi x

FIONA DOWLE July 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

thanks!

that’s great. I have just posted it on your site so fingers crossed more people can see it and help.

I havent seen a petition but I will happily sign it if possible.
fi x

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