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Have you seen Elle McPherson's plea on BF?

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pupuce Fri 13-May-05 16:47:33


but in case it disappears:

Supermodel supports breastfeeding
14:49pm 13th May 2005

Elle: In support of breastfeeding
Supermodel Elle Macpherson has challenged hospitals to do more to help women breastfeed successfully.
The Australian said it was "incredible" that there was not one hospital in London with a "baby friendly" award.

These are given to hospitals which adhere to Unicef/WHO recognised best practice in the care of breastfeeding mothers and babies.

Ms Macpherson, Unicef's "baby friendly ambassador", visited a women's centre in Whitechapel, east London, and said: "I find it incredible that in the whole of this capital, which counts some of the best teaching hospitals in the world, there isn't a single baby friendly hospital.
"I find it shocking that London women have no choice over where to go to receive good care."

Ms Macpherson said she breast-fed her two sons for six months, and knew how important breastfeeding was.

"The challenge is to build on individual energies and positive efforts going on around the capital and build a baby friendly London," she said.

"I challenge the 31 hospitals and five strategic health authorities to work to become baby friendly.

"I urge mothers, fathers and parents-to-be to write to the chief executives of hospitals and call on them to embark on a baby friendly road."

Ms Macpherson, wearing an olive green jacket, skin-tight white trousers and large sunglasses, met mothers and support workers from the local community during her visit to the Jagonari women's centre.

Caligula Fri 13-May-05 16:52:48

Good for her.

She's suddenly gone up about a hundred notches in my estimation!

fastasleep Fri 13-May-05 16:54:08

The skin tight trousers and olive jacket bit at the end for some reason meant that she didn't go up in my estimations lol

pupuce Fri 13-May-05 16:54:33

WOnder why she stopped at 6 months though

Marina Fri 13-May-05 16:55:26

Well done Elle - hope some high-profile British women are supporting Breastfeeding Awareness Week too...

Christie Fri 13-May-05 17:04:39

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hunkermunker Fri 13-May-05 19:29:06

Good on her. So many celebs are pictured with a trolley of freebie formula - it's nice to hear one speaking positively about breastfeeding.

The hospital in which I had DS said that they couldn't be baby friendly as a large proportion of women who gave birth there were Muslim, so wouldn't breastfeed (I know they often won't give colostrum, but wtf - I know they do!). Only 54% of women were breastfeeding on discharge from Hillingdon when I had DS - I hope that it's higher now (I went back when DS was about 5 months old and told them their breastfeeding support was bloody useless - they told me they had plenty of posters up...then agreed that wasn't enough and said they'd address it), but I am not sure it will be

darlingbud Fri 13-May-05 19:34:30

I hope it doen't get to the stage of ramming it down peoples throats though. It is a choice at the end of the day.

hunkermunker Fri 13-May-05 19:35:17

Yes, it's a choice, but when 90-something per cent of women say they wish they'd continued to breastfeed longer than they managed, something's wrong.

hercules Fri 13-May-05 19:35:29

What, do you mean like the formula companies?

hunkermunker Fri 13-May-05 19:36:23

It feels inappropriate to <<snurk>> on a breastfeeding thread, but I'm gonna


darlingbud Fri 13-May-05 19:38:17

I'm not in that 90% - I wish I hadn't tried as long as I did. Sooo many problems but that was to do with poor nursing staff not BF-ing itself.

I will not BF my second child whenever it comes along. DD was BF for about 10 days - not properly though and she is perfectly healthy through the bottle. No allergies - perfectly good immune system - in fact she has been a lot less ill than other kids who I know were BF.

hercules Fri 13-May-05 19:40:58

What about my comment about the gov trying to compete with huge multinational companies? Dont see many complaints there!

hercules Fri 13-May-05 19:42:03

I refuse to get into a debate about formula versus breast.

snafu Fri 13-May-05 19:46:07

I like Elle Macpherson a lot. She can't act for toffee and clearly she's far too good-looking for a normal human being but she usually comes across as pretty down-to-earth and sensible. Nice bras, too.

Great to see she's supporting this and getting the lamentable state of breastfeeding support into the headlines.

NotQuiteCockney Fri 13-May-05 19:48:24

Oooh, I was at this event!

She didn't look outrageously super-modelish. She looked pretty, but she wasn't overdressed for the event. She spoke pretty well, and seemed very nice.

Hausfrau Fri 13-May-05 19:54:51

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NotQuiteCockney Fri 13-May-05 19:55:56

She's quite startlingly good looking in person (shocker). Thin and tall, as you'd expect.

She spoke a bit about her experiences breastfeeding, she had her kids in an English hospital.

darlingbud Fri 13-May-05 19:58:45

if it gets the point across that some women are trying to make then good on her. I hope it works.

piffle Fri 13-May-05 20:12:59

Gwyneth Paltrow is another one too, had the police round about an attempted break in or something and popped Apple on for a feed as she was being interviewed by police
The cop went to the papers!!!!!!!!!
If Elle was truly pro bf she would make her bras in bigger sizes!!!!!

snafu Fri 13-May-05 21:51:39

She's made bf bras though hasn't she?

hunkermunker Fri 13-May-05 21:52:36

Yes, but only up to a DD or some equally useless to a G-cup breastfeeder

snafu Fri 13-May-05 21:56:00

Ah, well, I wouldn't know about that, being perfectly-perkily-proportioned all the way through mwahahahahaha

dinny Fri 13-May-05 21:56:00

God, thought DDs were massive. Aren't they?

hotmama Fri 13-May-05 21:58:31

Have you seen the photo's of EM in her bf bras - my boobs were that big when I was 10! Why don't they do nursing bras in larger sizes - mine went up to a whopping J cup - as you can imagine the range was pretty rank.

However, gold star to EM for publicising the crappiness of support for bf in this country (from a mn who lasted 10 weeks )

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