'Nothing shameful' about public breastfeeding

BBC Radio Jersey

A mum in Jersey, who is breastfeeding her seven-month-old twins, thinks more needs to be done to change people's attitude towards breastfeeding.

Liz Kendrick-Lodge has been sharing her breastfeeding journey as part of a global campaign which promotes conversations around the issue.

The mum, originally from South Africa, said there's a more relaxed attitude to woman breastfeeding in public there.

Mrs Kendrick-Lodge added she doesn't feel it's as accepted in Jersey and wants more education surrounding the issue.

She described a recent visit to a park with a friend and feeling the need to check around her before breastfeeding.

Mrs Kendrick-Lodge said: "And I thought, where is this coming from? Why am I checking around me to see who's here and what they can see?

"Because what I am doing is a very natural act, why am I feeling this bit of shame? There's nothing shameful about it."

Lockdown "glimmer of hope" for breastfeeding mothers

The lockdown has helped mothers get more breastfeeding time due to the extra time at home and fewer visitors, health officials in Liverpool have said.

Mother breastfeeds while on a work call

Ahead of National Breastfeeding Week on Monday, Matt Ashton, director of public health in the city, said: “Breastfeeding for even a short period gives children the best start in life and… this year we all find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances, but to hear that many women are finding more time to breastfeed brings a glimmer of hope to what has been a difficult few months.”

Sarah King, who recently gave birth, said: “Breastfeeding terrified me and I set out to only do six weeks initially but this time has made me love it and feel super confident about doing it.”

Props and tech help get breast-feeding advice across

Specialist health visitor Marian Judd
Virgin Care

New parents are being supported to successfully breast feed their babies thanks to live online consultations using innovative props.

Specialist health visitor Marian Judd is used to giving mums and dads advice on breast feeding face to face.

Due to social distancing, Mrs Judd, who works for Wiltshire Children’s Community Services, is using a video link to talk to parents who have been referred into the specialist infant feeding service from their health visitor.

She uses a doll and a knitted breast to show families how to get breast feeding off to a good start.

"One mum who has had a lot of problems with feeding welcomed the opportunity to talk about her feeding journey face to face in a safe way during this social distancing period," said Mrs Judd.

The response has been "really positive" with parents saying the video sessions have been "really helpful and supportive".

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Titilayo Medunoye became a lactation consultant to help other mothers just like her
After Titilayo Medunoye's daughter was born, she had problems breastfeeding and suffered from postpartum depression. Luckily she had the help of a lactation expert in the US, and she realised women in her home of Lagos didn't have the same resources. So she trained to become a lactation consultant in Nigeria and was chosen as one of Obama’s African leaders for her work with her company Milky Express and her charitable foundation. 

Photo: Titilayo Medunoye
Credit: Milky Express
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I'm an extreme bodybuilder and I breastfeed

Jordan was criticised online after posting this picture
Jordan is a 25-year-old extreme bodybuilder in the US. She's also a mother to 10-month-old Tomi.

When she posted a photo of herself breastfeeding Tomi on Instagram, she was criticised.

Some people were worried about the baby's health.

Because of the reaction, Jordan wrote an article online explaining her decision to be an extreme bodybuilder whilst still breastfeeding her daughter.

Jordan told BBC OS how she feels about the photo and the reaction she got to posting it online.

(Photo: Jordan breastfeeding Tomi. Credit: Jordan Musser)