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Is it necessary for dad's to learn how to breastfeed?

21st January 2010

Writing in The Express, Hilary Sissal asks if breastfeeding really is best.


Britain’s breastfeeding lobby – health department civil servants and their bosom buddies the National Childbirth Trust – promote breastfeeding as giving a baby the best start in life.

But now, the “loony lactation lobby” propose breastfeeding lessons for fathers-to-be.

Whether breast really is best, is now being questioned. Professor Sven Carlsen said if breastfed babies are healthier, it's nothing to do with the way they are fed but the conditions in the womb before they are born and that formula is as good as breast milk.

I suffered at the hands of the breastfeeding bullies when one of my twins took to the breast but the boy wouldn’t. I also found midwives unhelpful and disproved of giving him powdered milk.

However, once nursing staff realised he was starving they said I could offer him milk but from the impractical method of a cup.

I secretly read my notes which said "seems not to be bonding with boy twin, favouring girl".

I was already being judged a bad mother just because I wasn’t breastfeeding.

As I left, another mother was berated for saying she was going to bottle feed.

In hospital, I received six pamphlets on breastfeeding. The only bottle feeding brochure came a fortnight later.

Parents recognise the benefits of breastfeeding but they also recognise bottle feeding has benefits too, allowing partners and siblings to participate in feeding the baby.

The breastfeeding bullies do not listen to parents' opinions or research but only when they are banished from the maternity ward will we have happier mothers and, as a result, healthier babies.


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