I went to a bf class yesterday seeing as I never managed to feed dd at all and only managed 2 weeks with ds. The midwives taking the class were superb, lots of great and honest advice, no skirting round difficult questions and they were openly horrified about what had been said to me last time with ds which contributed to my failure to continue. With women like this running the show breastfeeding rates should be through the roof within a few months.
Then today I went to hairdressers to have final haircut before birth, I made an appointment for Xmas cut and said 'can I bring baby if im feeding' the receptionist said 'of course, and you can feed anywhere, if your happy in the salon then we're haoppy, or we can let you use one of the treatment rooms upstairs if youd be more comfortable'
Just thought a couple of positive stories would be nice to hear for a change
I had a bad experience with Pizza Hut who asked me to sit at the back of the restaurant!
Then I had a wonderful experience with a pub where a friend and I met for lunch. Both BFer we asked the manager if it was ok to BF and we ended up with the comfiest seats and being offered iced water for free (as his wife was BFing so he knew we needed to drink!). That really helped give us a boost!
There are some negative responses out there but you just need to rise above it...ignore the bad, remember the good!!
It was just nice to hear in a trendy salon that they were quite happy for me to feed either in the salon or provide me with somewhere relaxing, comfy and quiet (rather than the usual 'you can use the toilet' type of response).
The midwives at the class yesterday were talking about negative attitudes in Britain towards breastfeeders, and also bottlefeeders. Semms you cant win either way!
DH paid for me to have my hair cut and dyed when dd was 6 weeks and I went to a fairly trendy salon. DH came in about half way through and said dd was hungry and the lovely salon ladies set me up on a sofa with cushions and brought tea and cake to me. Twas lovely.
The only negative comment I ever had was in the GP's surgery when a miserable old duffer complained to the receptionist that 'a woman over there's boobfeeding' and she replied with an airy 'oh yes, isn't it just lovely to see?' and carried on with her paperwork. He moved to the other side of the room and glared at me.