How about one asking whether you were offered formula in hospital whilst trying to establish bfing? Don't know whether that would be relevant. I was, and in hindsight I was bloody furious about it. I rang the bell asking for help with latching DD on as I was struggling. Was a bit tearful as you are postbirth. Woman straight away offered to give her formula and take her off so I could have a rest. I in a haze of exhaustion and hormones agreed. Looking back I think she just couldn't be bothered helping me again. When I learned more about the virgin gut I was so annoyed with them. DD was fine, no reason for formula at all. Didn't expect that to turn into a rant
How are you publicising this, and what do you want to do with the results? It looks like it's not exactly a representative sample of the population so far. (I don't mean that as a criticism of you - would be great if 52% of babies (or more) really were fed for over a year.)
Right done it mate, did I tell you I linked soemone to your blog just t'other day. They were being adivsed to wean early hopefully she looked...
Anyway, faaaab blog as ever.
future polls could include
what support you received, what would have helped establish bfing in hospital, feelings about bfing - intiamcy/fears about amount baby is getting, claustrophboia, pride etc. barriers to bfing - going back to work, bfing in public etc.
Thank you, Slur! Hope she looked too! Thanks for the poll ideas - I'll see what I can put together. I'd like them to be conversation starters, really, I think - it's hard to sum up one's experience with a blob in a circle!
The breastfeeding group is so much better. The HCA who I complained about so much on here, has moved to another job with school aged children. Where hopefully she will do a lot of good and not encounter any breastfeeding mothers !!!
Replacing her is a set of very nice HV's. I have been to a few sessions and they have been very helpful with me and the other mums. One HV even had the big LLL Book of answers which is a fab reference book (I have it)
I am tandem nursing with a ton of milk. But sadly the milk bank won't take any off me as I had a transfusion last year So I am waiting for my milk supply to alter downwards.
My daughter has really taken to her new brother and asks me to put him down so she can cuddle him and my newborn son is so wonderful, content and has started to give heart melting smiles.