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Colleague's view of breastfeeding

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unknownrebelbang Mon 25-Jun-07 16:17:24

Apparently, the thought of doing it makes her toes curl, she informed me recently.

Now, before anyone flames her, I have to say she is a genuine, lovely person, but is not maternal at all and has no children. She hadn't really thought about it in any depth.

I was quite shocked and said so, but we had a general (goodnatured) conversation about breastfeeding (I bf my three for a fair while) and thought no more of it.

Anyway, she went home and had a discussion with her mum about it, mum told her basically she was talking rot, lol. (good ole mum).

Colleague is late 50s, and she really is lovely.

Kathyis6incheshigh Mon 25-Jun-07 16:21:07

nice that she came back and told you her mum had said she was talking rubbish.

unknownrebelbang Mon 25-Jun-07 16:22:56

I thought it was hilarious (in a nice way).

Kathyis6incheshigh Mon 25-Jun-07 16:24:15

My best colleague comment on bf was when a lovely elderly prof who used to be an anthropologist said 'You'll be breastfeeding for three years of course?' I said no, 6 months, and she said 'Oh, I must have been thinking of Burma.'

moondog Mon 25-Jun-07 19:12:04

<guffaw> Kathy.

loonyballoony Mon 25-Jun-07 20:10:28

At the risk of shocking people, I'm one who's toes curl at the thought of breastfeeding, although I am maternal, have dd and have thought about it. Not fussed in the slightest if someone does it in front of me, but the thought of doing it myself gives me the heebiejeebies!

QueenofBleach Mon 25-Jun-07 20:12:09

With loony, the thought of breast feeding really made me feel physically sick, so didn't

nightshade Mon 25-Jun-07 20:23:45

before having dd1 wasn,t overly comfortable with the idea myself however, have now been feeding for fourteen months!

danceswithbaby Mon 25-Jun-07 20:27:34

Yes, I felt like that too, before dd was born. I knew I had to give it a try for her sake, but I hated the thought. When she was born, I got myself ready and cringeing, latched her on (easy, thank god). I've been hooked from that moment on and still going 16 months later. Looking back, I find it impossible to believe I ever felt that way. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

whomovedmychocolate Mon 25-Jun-07 20:33:12

I honestly can't see what you are all freaked out about. It is what they are there for you know?

I could never the sense in bottle feeding though - why you ladies would choose to go through all that faff when you have a perfectly good built in feeding device, is beyond me.

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 25-Jun-07 20:44:56

My colleagues are using my breastfeeding as a pursuasive tool to get our stingy employer to buy us a water-cooler. (They don't know I stopped a couple of months ago!). Encouraging for a bunch of lads.

whomovedmychocolate Mon 25-Jun-07 20:46:29

I'm struggling to make the connection between breastmilk and water cooler - are the men in the office going to lap at it lovingly because they feel left out?

cathcart Mon 25-Jun-07 20:49:04

my friend can't stand the thought either - she hates her nipples being touched at all. She wants to have children at some point and her dh, a doctor, is very pro bf so she feels she has to but I think she is going to find it very very hard. Her mum was of the generation that were encouraged to ff and I think this has definately had some influence as she doesn't like it when I bf in front of her.

squeakybub Mon 25-Jun-07 20:49:30

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whomovedmychocolate Mon 25-Jun-07 20:50:58

Squeakybub - that's utter tosh. If you are doing it right it really doesn't hurt at all.

I couldn't stand my nipples being touched before I had DD either, but it's fine honestly Cathcart

FrannyandZooey Mon 25-Jun-07 20:53:36

HalfMumHalfBiscuit I am SOOOOOOOOOO jealous of your name

look this is me ------------->

I will have to leave the thread now before I choke on my envy

squeakybub Mon 25-Jun-07 20:53:49

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HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 25-Jun-07 20:53:57

They must have been programmed by their bf-ing wives to bring them a glass of water each time they breast feed. Dehydrated darling?

beansprout Mon 25-Jun-07 20:54:44

Can I tell your colleague about my half baked views on menopausal women?

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 25-Jun-07 20:55:14

Re name. Thought of it in the shower. It took two months to come up with a half decent name.

whomovedmychocolate Mon 25-Jun-07 20:58:39

Squeakybub - well that may have been your experience and that may have been the advice you received from a bfc but I had no pain and neither did any of my friends once they'd established the correct latch.

That's awful for you. But is it a reason to advocate not trying for others?

squeakybub Mon 25-Jun-07 21:04:06

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DUSTIN Mon 25-Jun-07 21:04:45

WMMC- I agree was very painful until the correct latch was established, then no pain at all- just wish I had learnt the proper technique sooner- ouch!!

squeakybub Mon 25-Jun-07 21:14:10

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