Professor Amy Brown is based in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University in the UK where she leads the MSc in Child Public Health. With a background in psychology, she first became interested in the many barriers women face when breastfeeding after having her first baby. Three babies and a PhD later she has spent the last twelve years exploring psychological, cultural and societal barriers to breastfeeding, with an emphasis on understanding how we can better support women to breastfeed and subsequently raise breastfeeding rates.
It’s a pleasure to welcome Professor Amy Brown to the blog with her breastfeeding advice.
However you feed: breastfeeding or bottle feeding, the most important thing is a fed and happy baby and a happy mum.
Over to Amy……
Breastfeeding your baby is one of the most natural things in the world, right? Well yes, but natural doesn’t necessarily mean easy. Lots of things that are natural take practice– none of us learn to walk without a few bumps – and breastfeeding is no different.
Getting good information and good support is really important. Unfortunately,not everything you read will be accurate or have your best interests at heart. So here are nine truthful things to expect when breastfeeding…
- Latching your baby on might look different to what you imagined
- Breastfed babies feed lots, and I mean LOTS
- Night feeds are very normal
- You’ll become fascinated with the content of their nappies
- Complete strangers will have an opinion on how you feed your baby
- It’s normal to find some days tough
- You’ll fall in love with your partner in whole new ways
- You’ll feed anywhere if your baby is hungry
- One day, it will all just click