The Australian breastfeeding project conducted a survey, which was sent out to everyone who had registered for the project and widely shared through breastfeeding communities on social media. Sarah needed statistics for a presentation that she conducted at a breastfeeding conference in Warrnambool. When doing her research she noticed there wasn’t a lot of statics surrounding breastfeeding in Australia. This survey was only a small one but she is hoping to do a larger one at the end of the year.
This was the results.
2,417 women participated
93.55% had breastfed their children
This next question was a real eye opener. Most studies conducted before ask when did women stop exclusively breastfeeding.
As exclusive means with no solids etc. most statistics say the breastfeeding rate dramatically drops around 6 months. This particular question will be very interesting on a higher scale.
The main complaint that is heard in the facebook support and information group is the lack of support through health care professionals, so even though there is still a long way to go with education and the right support. This particular question shows there is a lot of support out there but 501 is still way too high!
448 women had directly had a negative experience. In such a small number of respondents this number is huge and needs to change!
Some of the responses to this question.
“The looks people give, being asked to use a cover, being taken to the bathroom to feed.”
“Someone approached me feeding in my car (with the door open) and told me to cover up on one occasion I also had another occasion where a mother who was bottle feeding stated it was rude of me to pull my breast out at a baby class to feed my daughter”
“On the bus feeding my 3 month old at the time and was approached but two separate people at 2 different times, one older man stated he would rather hear my baby cry than have to see that. ”
“Was asked to cover up by an older man. Lady who was sitting next to me came to my defense and the man walked away.”
“Once told by a man at the pub while eating lunch that I should go to the toilet to feed. Once told by a bottle feeding mother in a baby room at a shopping centre that I should cover up because her kids “didn’t need to see my tits”.”
If you want to be involved in the next study (that will be more official) make sure you are following The Australian Breastfeeding Projects Facebook Page www.facebook.com/australianbreastfeedingproject