Family attitudes to breastfeeding

Most of the women in my family and my partner’s family didn’t breastfeed for very long, including my mum – just for the first couple of weeks or a couple of months at most before switching to formula. Everyone seemed a bit freaked out that I breastfed for so long, even though it was only 6 months. I almost felt pressure from some people not to breastfeed. I don’t know if it was them feeling insecure about what they chose to do or if they just didn’t really see the point in it. it was hard in a way as i didn’t have many people to turn to for advice at the start and they all made it sound like this terrible struggle for them, when for me it was fine after the first couple of weeks. They never minded me breastfeeding around them though which helped, so i’m grateful for that. I think I just got branded a bit of a hippy!

Anon – 28