The Daily Telegraph

Take a note from Kate: perfect mumsmum don’t exist

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With fantastic timing, the NHS has decided to release new statistics on breastfeed­ing – just before Mother’s Day. Research shows that half of new mums don’t breastfeed their babies after two months. This despite the World Health Organisati­on recommendi­ng women do so exclusivel­y for six months. Just another thing we are doing wrong!

I didn’t manage to breastfeed my daughter at all, despite having a rather large pair of mammary glands. I thought feeding would be where I came into my own, but she was the first person I ever met to turn away from my boobs screaming in horror.

Never mind. I have a healthy, happy four-yearold now and rarely think about the fact she wasn’t breastfed, just as I don’t wonder if my colleagues were breastfed, or the people I deal with in the local supermarke­t.

If anyone is reading this and feeling like a terrible mother because they only managed two weeks of breastfeed­ing: don’t.

When even the Duchess of Cambridge admits, as she did this week, that the “sheer overwhelmi­ng experience” of motherhood has been a “huge challenge”, you know are in danger of obsessing too much about something that should feel like the most natural experience in the world.

 ??  ?? The Duchess of Cambridge said this week she was unprepared for the challenge of motherhood
The Duchess of Cambridge said this week she was unprepared for the challenge of motherhood

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