My first baby was born here, and when I had him, I struggled with breastfeeding initially. He was born prematurely and there wasn’t a lot of breastfeeding support in Colchester at the time.
Breastfeeding support has never been so important – as mums, we’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t. I’m not sure I’ve ever understood the bickering that goes on between women about how they choose to feed their own children. I’ve got an inkling that it serves the formula companies very well. The cynical part of me half expects that it’s come from them in the first place.
So before we look at the breastfeeding nazis, breastapo, and all those other ridiculously unhelpful names, let’s consider a few reasons that breastfeeding women might need support:
- Breastfeeding isn’t easy – for many new mums, breastfeeding can cause a lot of pain, discomfort and emotional angst.
- Breastfeeding is demanding – when you’re doing ALL the feeds, and struggling, it can seem easier to give up. This is often supported by wellmeaning but unhelpful people telling you to think of yourself and just accept defeat.
- Breastfeeding isn’t profitable – and you can see any of the formula ads to just notice how manipulative the whole media hoohaa is.
- Breastfeeding can be lonely – especially when you’re the only one in your family or your friendship group who has chosen to breastfeed.
- Breastfeeding is shrouded in myths and fake news – and it can be tricky to get through the gumpf to work out what’s real and what isn’t.
Having a network of women in the postnatal period is hugely important anyway. Having a group of other breastfeeding mums is essential (in my opinion) to your success with reaching the breastfeeding goals that YOU have. Add to that, the support of an IBCLC Lactation Consultant and you’re pretty much in gold top booby heaven.
The best breastfeeding group in Colchester?
So when I had the chance to go and speak to the women at Zoe’s support group on Friday it was an absolute honour. While I stood and spoke about chiropractic care for newborns, and answered a few general questions, the highlight was that I got the chance to speak to almost all of the women individually. It was interesting to me to discover how different their birth experiences were, and yet not a single one of them judged another mother in there. I’ve never been in a room of women so open and so supportive of one another.
I can’t recommend the group enough – it’s every Friday (except school holidays) at Jungle Adventure in Colchester and runs from 09:30-13:30. You can find out more through Zoe’s facebook page.