Common feelings amongst moms about breastfeeding
A survey conducted for mothers all around the world shows how most of them feel similar about breastfeeding.

A new global survey has been done for breastfeeding moms all around the world. They survey was conducted by Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc. 

13 169 mothers and expecting mothers were surveyed in nine different countries; this was to compare cultural differences in attitudes about breastfeeding.

According to the survey most moms who choose not to breastfeed or who aren’t able to breastfeed feel a great deal of “mom guilt”.

Mothers in this position who feel similar can comfort themselves by the results of women in Brazil; 93 percent of women feel the exact same way as well as 91 percent of mothers in Turkey.

More results from the survey included:

• The American Academy of Paediatrics says that babies should be breastfed for the first six months and then be nursed in combination with food until they are at least 12 months.

Most mothers who were surveyed were almost on point feeling that six to 12 months is ideal for breastfeeding. 

These mothers were from Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the U.S. 

The rest of the mothers from Turkey said between 12-24 months and then those in France thought six months would be enough.

• There’s always a huge debate about when mothers should stop breastfeeding and when it gets too old for a child to be breastfed.

45 percent of mothers in the U.S, France, Germany, Mexico and the U.K feel that two year olds are too old to be breastfed. Majority of the votes from Turkey and Brazil felt that it was “fantastic.” 

• In all nine countries the overall reason why mothers’ breastfeed is associated with health benefits for the baby.

• Again all mothers are in agreement that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby.

• According to moms in Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico and the U.S; the pain of breastfeeding is the worst part.

• Mothers’ in the U.S, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Turkey and the U.K’s views on breastfeeding in public is “perfectly natural.” 

U.K moms were less in favour and mothers in China and France felt that nursing in public was “embarrassing.”

According to Huffington Post, here are 11 tips for breastfeeding from experts: 

• While you’re still with your midwife or in hospital make sure to ask for help or directions on how to get started. Board certified lactation consultant, Mary Ryngaert, said that all health care workers should know the basics on breastfeeding.

• Research shows that essential contact between mother and baby helps relax both of them; it stimulates feeding behaviours and triggers the release of certain hormones that encourage breastfeeding. 

• Swollen and sore breasts are also common amongst women who just start to breastfeed. A helpful tip would be to take a hot shower to help express milk easier as well as using some ice or over the counter medication to ease the pain.

• Finding the perfect position can also be difficult for moms starting out; Susan Burger, president of the New York Lactation Consultant Association suggests that getting comfortable is best for example; leaning back and putting their feet up.
Partners could also help by providing them with a pillow or any form of support.

• Having company helps just as much. Ask your partner or whoever is around to sit with you while breastfeeding. Moms often get sleepy or drowsy while breastfeeding, having company would make it okay for you to dose off while breastfeeding knowing that someone is around and alert may put you more at ease.

• Making it easier for babies to breastfeed would be helping them tilt their heads back with the support of your forearm. Another way would be to roll up a receiving blanket and position in under their necks.

Sore nipples can be a really big pain, literally and figuratively. Burger says that ignoring the pain is never the answer, speaking to your doctor is generally best. 

Women with sore nipples often lose the urge to breastfeed so getting ointment at your local pharmacy or even women who don’t have thrush may apply freshly expressed breast milk to your nipples.

At what age did you stop breastfeeding your baby? 

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