Daisy Goodwin - how much do you reckon she got paid to write this nasty drivel?

(127 Posts)
fabsmum Fri 08-May-09 16:20:58



What a horrible, article to write in National Breastfeeding Awareness week.

And using the case of that suicidal woman in the US to have a pop at breastfeeding advocates in the UK. angry sad

Wonderstuff Fri 08-May-09 16:34:32

'It's possible that if she had sought help earlier, the tragedy might have been avoided - she was a first-time mother living in a foreign city, clearly needing all the support she could get - but my suspicion is that the lactation counsellor might only have made things worse.' FGS what rubbish.

I really don't understand the arguement that advocating what is best for baby and trying to support women by helping them successfully bf is somehow getting at women who ff.

But then it is the DM...

whodathoughtit Fri 08-May-09 16:37:49

My God. Where to begin?

whodathoughtit Fri 08-May-09 16:39:33

Though there are some very sane and wise responses on the comments board. A surprising number considering it's the Mail.

tiggerlovestobounce Fri 08-May-09 16:42:33

A case where the coroner didnt feel able to say for sure that she had committed suicide, but obviously the daily mail know better hmm

This obsession with breastfeeding trivialises the issue IMO. I think that if she did jump, rather than fall from the tower block there is a wider issue regarding the detection of mental illness in the postnatal period, and the care and support offered to women who are unwell (suicide is the leading cause of maternal morbidity in the UK). But so much easier to write some lazy articles about breastfeeding instead...

JemL Fri 08-May-09 16:42:37


This woman clearly has her own issues and unfortunately gets to present them as journalism.

tiggerlovestobounce Fri 08-May-09 16:45:59

sorry, that should read mortality, not morbidity blush

FairyMum Fri 08-May-09 16:46:02

So much bitterness and hatred in this article. Breatsfeeding GESTAPO. WTF? Its the Daily Mail though. Say no more!

HerBeatitudeLittleBella Fri 08-May-09 16:46:39

The usual drivel

whodathoughtit Fri 08-May-09 16:48:39

My thoughts exactly JemL.

FairyMum Fri 08-May-09 16:48:49

and lack of sleep is a feature of new motherhood weather you bf or bottlefeed. My sister-in -law carried her crying babies around at night for hours waiting for the time she was due a feed. At least mine never cried as they always had my breasts in their mouth. Bottlefeeding is not the solution to sleepnessness.

tiktok Fri 08-May-09 16:49:54

It is poisonous

It's also horrible that she purports to have insight into the poor dead mother's head at the time of her fall.

The author's own experience is 18 years ago. She still feels it deeply. How can that be NCT's fault?

Well, guess what...it's not.

Daisy Goodwin had post**natal**depression


She ascribes it to her unhappy, dislocated and motherless childhood.

Elsewhere, she says she breastfed her children for a year.


So she must have got over her painful first weeks somehow.

belgo Fri 08-May-09 16:56:15

I wonder how the poor woman's family feel about her death being used to fight this jounalist's 'cause'.

It's incredible the depths these journalists stoop to.

jujumaman Fri 08-May-09 16:57:01

Times are tough in the freelance world right now and people will write anything for money

It's vile and she shouldn't have stooped so low.

I have no doubt my comment will be promptly removed from the Daily Nazi.

whodathoughtit Fri 08-May-09 17:25:05

Could we have Daisy Goodwin on for a live web chat MNHQ?

Would be such fun.

fabsmum Fri 08-May-09 17:33:13

I wonder if we'd be allowed to poke her with sharpened cyber sticks? [grin}

chandellina Fri 08-May-09 17:35:23

scandalous. but as others said, the comments at least are very sensible.

TheCrackFox Fri 08-May-09 17:38:18

If it was in the Daily Mail feel free to ignore it.

They are aiming for the 50+ age bracket and a lot of them were told not to BF. She is giving the readership what they want.

<I don't agree with her views>

Wonderstuff Fri 08-May-09 17:45:49

Also (and I know I'm preaching to the converted) I found bf in the long term much, much easier than if I had ff. Yet I have never seen an article saying how, once your baby gets the hang of it bfing is really easy and convienent. You'd think it was the hardest thing in the world and that we are all total mayrters to the cause wouldn't you.

DitsyMe Fri 08-May-09 18:10:21

OMG at this comment:

Breast is best, yet another urban myth. Unless a woman is in rude health, breast is not best as babies can become starved of vital nutrients. Women should stop listening to these breast feeding fanatics and do what they think best and are most comfortable with. Formula milk will gaurantee your baby will get the nutrients it needs whereas breast feeding will not, and is dependant on the health of the mother.

shock shock shock

Do people actually beleive that?

FairyMum Fri 08-May-09 18:22:32

You may like to ask WHO is the fanatics here. Also agree that BF is much easier in the long-run.

Poohbah Fri 08-May-09 20:09:40

Daisy Goodwin has real issues about breastfeeding.

She produced the programme 'Bringing up baby' with the vile Claire Verity and protrayed an uneducated bullying charlaton as a guru who got the baby sleeping through the night on day one due to bottlefeeding!

She has never read, or if has ignores, any proper research about infant nutrition or care which just illustrates how the Media has power without responsibility and is probably the reason our country is in the mess it is in.

moondog Fri 08-May-09 20:21:03

What a nasty twisted bitch.
I'm staggered.

LackaDAISYcal Fri 08-May-09 20:30:27

gawd that woman spouts utter crap doesn't she? how on earth does this stuff get published? sad that a huge number of the british public will actually believe it as well.

would LOVE to see her on a live webchat....gwan MN...pleeeeeeeese <flutters eyelashes>

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