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Mums Praise Documentary Aiming To Break Stigma Surrounding Breastfeeding

Mums Praise Documentary Aiming To Break Stigma Surrounding Breastfeeding

Channel 4's Dispatches: Breastfeeding Uncovered with Kate Quilton aired on Monday, and mums are full of praise for the documentary...

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The show investigated how the stigma and lack of support around breastfeeding in public is contributing to Britain having some of the lowest nursing rates in the world.

Thirty-four-year-old Kate, who gave birth to her son in June, said on the show: "You get lots of raised eyebrows, a few people tutting ... whispers. Seems totally bonkers."

And speaking to The Independent, she said: "80 percent of mums want to breastfeed and that's how they go into wanting to feed their baby. And then for whatever reason, those rates just hit the floor in five or six months - only one per cent of babies [in the UK] are breastfed exclusively at that age.

"Our rates are the lowest in the western world and also the lowest in the planet for babies aged one - I appreciate one year old can be considered quite old for breastfeeding but to be the lowest in the world is quite shocking."

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The documentary also highlights how showing women's breasts in lingerie adverts is deemed acceptable within society but a woman breastfeeding is not.

Mums watching the show took to Dispatches' Facebook page, with one mum saying: "Brilliant documentary! Well done. Hopefully it will inspire more to breastfeed. Watching the section about the different formula (totally unnecessary) my husband turned to me and said, "I'm so proud you fed our 4 kids." Me too!"

Another woman commented: "Great programme. Shed a few tears watching, the struggle is real. So much more to talk about though, needs to be a whole series to get the message through!"

A third mum said: "So refreshing thank you for promoting the boob. Brilliant documentary! 21 months feeding and still going strong x."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Kate Quilton/Pixabay

Topics: News, Breastfeeding, TV News, Real, Parenting, Channel 4

Haleema Khokhar

Haleema Khokhar is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from University of Central Lancashire in Journalism and has since gained over three years experience working within the communications and marketing industry before going freelance as a Content Writer. Contact her on haleema.khokhar@pretty52.com

 

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