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to think nearly all the mums I see are bottle feeding?

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jadetuk Sat 18-Jul-15 15:18:52

Not judging those who can't breastfeed but when taking my new born out the past 3 months I've only seen one other mum breastfeeding. Are you all hiding? smile

5YearsTime Sat 18-Jul-15 15:20:07

Nope- it's about 50/50 where I am!

NotQuiteCockney Sat 18-Jul-15 15:21:26

Rates vary quite a bit by region.

LokiBear Sat 18-Jul-15 15:22:21

Yabu. Most of the new mums I see are breastfeeding. Out of my social circle I don't know any new mums who haven't breastfed for a time. Some only for a few weeks but they still breastfed.

grabaspoon Sat 18-Jul-15 15:22:58

I am a nanny so will often be spotted out bottle feeding the young baby however if my boss was there then she'd be breast feeding.

badtime Sat 18-Jul-15 15:23:00

Interesting choice of words, OP. Are you judging people who could breastfeed but choose not to, for whatever reason?

WorraLiberty Sat 18-Jul-15 15:24:26

So good of you to judge those who can't. I'm sure they'll be very grateful grin

What about those who don't want to?

Goshthatsspicy Sat 18-Jul-15 15:24:48

Well, have you considered they might have expressed the milk?
Plot thickens.... wink

BeautifulLiar Sat 18-Jul-15 15:25:03

Same here. I never see anyone in my age group breastfeeding.

prettywhiteguitar Sat 18-Jul-15 15:26:48

Maybe they are all eating cake at home feeding their babies

amothersplaceisinthewrong Sat 18-Jul-15 15:26:49

Why is this a problem for you OP? You do what you want and let others get on with what they want. No biggie.

Goshthatsspicy Sat 18-Jul-15 15:27:17

My mum doesn't breastfed either, however she is 73. grin

prettywhiteguitar Sat 18-Jul-15 15:27:46

I have fed in ikea, gym, beach and camping and seen others

Bellebella Sat 18-Jul-15 15:28:56

They might be expressing, I only fed my son via the breast for a little while. The rest of the time I expressed, I found it much easier for me and ds.

That and some people may not feel comfortable feeding in front of people, I know plenty who choose to go into a feeding room or somewhere quiet and discreet. Or simply people choose not to breastfeed.

There could be plenty of reasons.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sat 18-Jul-15 15:29:06

What's unreasonable about you seeing babies fed from a bottle?

arethereanyleftatall Sat 18-Jul-15 15:29:34

Round my way, most breast feed.

53rdAndBird Sat 18-Jul-15 15:30:22

Most babies in the UK are ff or mix fed by 3 months, so YAprobablyNBU. But some women also feel awkward about bfing while out and about, too, so maybe some of them are hiding!

formerbabe Sat 18-Jul-15 15:31:08

Who cares anyway?!

jadetuk Sat 18-Jul-15 15:31:12

I mention it because it would be nice to have some extra support. Not judging anyone who can't or choose not to. I live in Scotland and mid wife told me breastfeeding numbers have dropped dramatically. Nice to know its more common to see in other areas. Makes me less worried about feeding in public.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sat 18-Jul-15 15:32:29

Nip over to the breast feeding board, you'll get support there.

WorraLiberty Sat 18-Jul-15 15:32:32

Are there no support groups?

I'm not sure a stranger feeding in the park/local cafe would automatically support you.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 18-Jul-15 15:34:40

Plenty of people BF without taking the baby out of a sling. They could be everywhere and you'd never know. Also, mixed feeding...

DonkeyOaty Sat 18-Jul-15 15:34:52

Your HV could prob signpost you to RL groups

(not sure what you are being reasonable or unreasonable about tbh)

formerbabe Sat 18-Jul-15 15:36:46

I breastfed for a bit but only at home...always bottle fed whilst out and about.

RunningJumpingClimbingTrees Sat 18-Jul-15 15:38:21

I fed in public a lot and saw a lot of others doing it. I'm in edinburgh....don't know if is near you but there are good bf support groups here. I don't really do it in public anymore because dd only has 2 or 3 feeds a day now she is weaned amd spends her days gobbling spaghetti etc

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