The Daily Telegraph
Take a note from Kate: perfect mumsmum don’t exist
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.