A woman’s confidence to breastfeed can be affected by a number of factors. These factors can become barriers to initiating or continuing with breastfeeding.
A LACK OF INFORMATION
A lack of information about breastfeeding has been found to prevent successful breastfeeding in some women. Here are some links for you to find some more information about breastfeeding;
UNAWARENESS OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BREASTMILK AND FORMULA
Another factor that has been found to be a barrier to successful breastfeeding for some women is a misunderstanding that formula milk is the same as breast milk. You can find out more information about the differences between breast milk and formula milk here:
LACK OF SOCIAL SUPPORT
Another factor that has been found to be a barrier to successful breastfeeding for some women is a lack of support from partner/family and friends. This does not mean that you cannot breastfeed if you do not have support from your partner/family or friends, but that you are more likely to overcome challenges (if you experience any) with the support of people around you.
Your partner, friends and/or family can help you to breastfeed by offering emotional support as well as helping out physically by passing you a pillow to help you get more comfortable or by getting you a drink so that you can keep hydrated while you breastfeed. More information by clicking on this link: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/breastfeeding-partners-family
BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC
One of the handy things about breastfeeding your baby is that you can do it wherever you are. You can find more information about breastfeeding in public by following this link: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/breastfeeding
If you’re worried about breastfeeding in public, bear in mind that you have a legal right to breastfeed anytime and anywhere. The law says no-one can ask you to leave a public place while you’re breastfeeding.