Child Health, Attachment, & Wellbeing

Supporting mums in expressing breastmilk and managing reactions of other parents

breastfeeding www.childforum.comBy Dr Sarah Alexander


Early childhood services can be places that support breastfeeding, and the attitude of staff and teachers and what they do makes a big difference as to whether a mother continues with breastfeeding. Often there is not time enough time to discuss questions such what to do if another parent protests about a mum breastfeeding or expressing milk at the centre.   

A mother wrote to me that she had two children under 3 attending childcare and has always felt welcomed and supported to breastfeed and express milk at the centre. However, a father complained to the centre that it made him uncomfortable to see her expressing milk.

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