"Lack of support breastfeeding"
About: Forth Valley Royal Hospital / Maternity unit Forth Valley Royal Hospital Maternity unit FK5 4WR Forth Valley Royal Hospital / Neo-natal Intensive Care Forth Valley Royal Hospital Neo-natal Intensive Care FK5 4WR
Posted by Chocolate princess (as ),
I gave birth to a baby boy a few months ago. He spent some time in ICU and then in SBCU. In general we were impressed with all staff, particularly the midwives and consultant who delivered our baby boy and staff in ICU.
However I felt that while publicity and information produced by the NHS strongly recommend and encourage breastfeeding this was not reflected in individual staff attitudes. There were times I felt I really had to push to breastfeed my son and there were times I felt I wasn't given a proper chance to breastfeed before staff decided to give my son a bottle. For example when I mentioned I wanted to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months I was told 'you will never manage that, I lasted a few weeks'. It felt that personal experience and opinion was put across rather than professional opinion.
In addition there was no consistency among staff when being given breastfeeding advice which was confusing and not particularly helpful. However, I am now exclusively breastfeeding my baby and plan to do so for at least 6 months.