{FAQ with MFT Moms: Most & Least Breastfeeding Support?} Client: Milk for Thought

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Yesterday, we asked Milk for Thought’s Facebook followers to tell us where they felt the most and least supported throughout their breastfeeding journeys. We received answers that ranged from hilarious to exciting to surprising (good and bad). We tallied them up, and here’s what we heard!

General themes that emerged …

  • Moms need more love from their in-laws. While several people cited their in-laws as very supportive, this was certainly the most common answer for where moms felt the least supported. When in-laws find breastfeeding “weird” or “unnecessary,” it just shows we need to work harder to educate them before the baby comes in hope they’ll understand that breastfeeding moms need their love and support, no matter what. Love and support from mom can make all the difference — check out the moms who won’t let their daughters give up in these two great videos.
  • Pediatricians & family physicians need breastfeeding education. We were saddened, although not super-surprised, to hear several moms say their doctors (or ex doctors!) told them they didn’t need to breastfeed or should wean after just a few months. In the past, we’ve also heard of doctors giving a mom formula and saying it is “easier,” or simply shrugging their shoulders when a pregnant mom asked about nursing. That sounds like pure misinformation  and lack of education and training to us! Luckily, we’re really focused on collaborating with the amazing supporters out there who want to get those medical professionals educated and onboard with empowering breastfeeding moms instead of dissuading them. We shot some awesome videos this summer — watch to see how the right training can change a nurse or doctor’s mindset!
  • Everyone needs to understand that breastfeeding a toddler is normal, natural and recommended. Plenty of moms in our poll mentioned strange looks or disapproval from in-laws or friends when they were nursing an older child. This is a common and recurring theme! It’s time to educate the public — and our loved ones — that the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding “up to 2 years of age or beyond.”

Other interesting tidbits …

  • Surprisingly, we didn’t hear much about breastfeeding in public! A few moms even gave shoutouts to breastfeeding-friendly businesses and staff in their communities! We think that’s progress!
  • Moms and friends are mostly super-supportive, even if they didn’t breastfeed their own children.

Thanks to everyone who participated and gave insightful responses! And don’t forget to follow MFT on Facebook!

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