In August I did some rural midwifery locum for a month - this is after a break from clinical practice of nearly three years. It seemed to me that at every post natal visit I did, mothers complained of a breastfeeding problem - baby was crying too much, baby wasn't crying enough, baby was too thin, baby was too fat. The trendy breastfeeding 'problem' these days appears to be milk allergies - every time a baby cries it's because it has a milk allergy. So we get onto a roundabout of special diets, herbal teas, medications and so on and so forth.
I know breastfeeding has its challenges and I do not wish to denigrate the problems that women have. But what happened to sticking the baby on the boob, feeding when she wants and for as long as she wants, accepting that babies need a lot of attention for weeks and even months and just getting on with it?
Image: 'Yummy milk' PhylB