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Breastfeeding, in the UK today, is amiddle class pursuit

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mansfieldhouse Mon 03-Jan-11 20:34:44


mutznutz Mon 03-Jan-11 20:35:39

Why should we? You're the one who started the thread hmm

spybear Mon 03-Jan-11 20:36:45


Serendippy Mon 03-Jan-11 20:37:20

YABU to start a thread which does not ask the question 'AIBU' in the 'AIBU' section. Go comewhere else.

<Besides which I am upper, upper, upper class so wouldn't know>

IWishIWasAFrog Mon 03-Jan-11 20:37:33


spybear Mon 03-Jan-11 20:38:56

Actually yes i will, I live in a council house and have breastfed 4 kids, just finishes with DD3 who is 3yo and still going with DD4 who is 18mo... And I was a teenage mum

dufduf Mon 03-Jan-11 20:39:04

YABU and very odd

mansfieldhouse Mon 03-Jan-11 20:39:06

You know when you've got an acquaintance on facebook, someone you haven't seen for years but worked with, that kind of thing?

Then they have a baby.

You ALWAYS know who is going to bottlefeed it from birth.

You just do.

Class thing.


southeastastra Mon 03-Jan-11 20:39:09

i hope my opening posts are longer than this grin

lal123 Mon 03-Jan-11 20:39:31

Well - the statistics would seem to agree with this - breast feeding rates are much much lower in areas of high deprivation.

southeastastra Mon 03-Jan-11 20:39:36

no it's not


Serendippy Mon 03-Jan-11 20:39:37

<drags spybear back from the edge shouting 'don't rise to the bait!'>

ShoppingDays Mon 03-Jan-11 20:40:26

I'm middle class but sadly can't breastfeed for toffee sad

altinkum Mon 03-Jan-11 20:40:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

blueberryboybaitonSafari Mon 03-Jan-11 20:43:40

Go write your own article!

skyswept Mon 03-Jan-11 20:45:04


Why do people seek to pigeonhole experiences down to class. Breastfeeding is universal and for everyone.

sod the middleclasses, why is the a preoccupation with class round here, it is really backward.

EdgarAleNPie Mon 03-Jan-11 20:45:08

it is, but it shouldn't be.

there's your answer!

sungirltan Mon 03-Jan-11 20:45:15

(dons hard at)

in my experience yes it is, but i only know about 30 mums if that. the 5 sets of parents that we spend time with (all have dc similar age to DD) are all bfers - it is one of the factors we have bonded over (that and blw/attachement parenting and other similar parenting choices). we are all very middle class (stating fact, not being snobby).

in theory, the middle classes are by nature more educated and more likely to make informed choices in their parenting. by informed i mean they research it in books/net/consult professional before making a decision.

i did a bf peer supporter course and met quite a few self defining working class mums but most had mentioned that they felt isolated in their bf choice within familes/communities of ff.

but these are sweeping generalisations. bf probably is a middle class choice, on average. but thats a big shame

sungirltan Mon 03-Jan-11 20:46:33

mansfieldhouse - yup you do. i also know who will try but give up early on. sad but true.

Plonker Mon 03-Jan-11 20:50:19

I didn't manage to breastfeed dd1 or dd2 past a week.

I breastfed dd3 till she self-weaned at 16 months.

Am I middle class? I'm sure you'll be able to tell.

PaulaMummyKnowsBest Mon 03-Jan-11 20:51:06


I am very much working class and breast fed all 3 of my children.

southeastastra Mon 03-Jan-11 20:52:06

endlessley discussing it is definitely a middle class pursuit

MarianneM Mon 03-Jan-11 20:52:45

But I think most middle class mothers don't breastfeed either. Most mothers in the UK seem to bottlefeed.

GMajor7 Mon 03-Jan-11 20:52:50

BF working classer here (if by wc you mean working to pay the mortgage but not having a pot to piss in!)! I know quite a few toffs who didn't even attempt to establish breastfeeding though. Hmmm....

falsemessageoflethargy Mon 03-Jan-11 20:53:44

I would breastfeed for toffee or wispas.

Not for haribo though cos I'm posh innit.

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