I’m currently (slowly) in the process of compiling a book about breast feeding from the ‘expert’s’ (i.e. mother’s) point of view. I want to include real mum’s experiences of feeding their babies, quotes about feeding, cultural and traditional insight, etc, so that pregnant women and new mothers can read stories of people in the same boat of them. I want to look at what women want in regards to breastfeeding and bottle feeding their babies and whether our current health system helps women achieve these goals or not.
I would greatly appreciate if you could write up an account of your own experiences – whether you breast fed or bottle fed. Please make these stories as personal as possible. Feel free to include emotion and humour, and please write as if you were having a chat with a friend. Remember that anything you write may be included in my book, which will hopefully one day be commercially available. Therefore, if you would prefer to remain anonymous say so and I will respect that by giving you a pseudonym.
Also could you please pass this email onto any other mums you know and ask them to send their accounts to [email protected] Some of you don’t have children or are not mums – please pass on to those who are – I’m also hoping to hear what dads think about feeding, so get them to send write-ups too.
You can include info about:
1) Whether you wanted to breastfeed or bottle feed before you had your baby and your reasons for this desire.
2) Your initial experiences of feeding when in hospital. We’re the midwives helpful?
3) How feeding went when you returned home?
4) How long you fed for. Why? How did you feel about this decision?
5) What affect do you think your feeding choices had on the relationship between you and your child?
6) Whether you continued to breast feed after going back to work? How you managed this?
7) Tips for other mothers on feeding and parenting in general.
Please use the above points only as guides, I want to hear about YOU and that means your responses should come from the heart. I’m especially interested to her from mothers of twins or more, those who had c-sections, those with premature babies, those whose babies have/had allergies, those who have breastfed while pregnant with another baby and those who breastfed second time around. Also please send your stories of breastfeeding problems such as blocked ducts and mastitis.
Feel free to be as creative as you want. Some ideas for formats for information: letter to your child, drawings, poems, whatever!!!!
Thanks heaps for your help in my research. I promise to inform all of you should I manage to get a publisher for my book, but please remember I am only in the initial stages of writing and such news (if it ever comes) will be some time away.
Rach, WA, Hamish 11mths