Royal baby fever is everywhere, but the main question on the lips of Breastfeeding mums out there is ‘Will Kate breastfeed her new baby?’
One thing is for sure, she is being put under a lot of pressure to do so and allegedly being urged by the press to do so in order to stand up as a role model for the mums of today.
Breastfeeding figures in the UK have dropped for the first time in a decade. Nearly 5,700 fewer women began breastfeeding their babies in 2012 to 2013 compared to one year prior. In 2012, nearly 50 percent of mothers were not breastfeeding their children by their 6 to 8 week check-up.
Television and radio presenter Beverly Turner says that, as a society, we need Kate Middleton to breastfeed. “[We] need women with power and influence to get their milky bosoms out and feed smiling in paparazzi pictures,” she writes. “Celebrity is depressingly powerful in dictating trends.”“We’re also rapidly losing any sense of normality about breastfeeding due to powerful cultural forces.”
Other celebrities who have successfully managed to breastfeed their children in public without caring about the paparazzi’s prying eyes are singer Gwen Steffani and actress Maggie Gyllenhall.
Amanda writes: ‘When I look back at my own experiences as a first time mum trying to breastfeed I felt very self conscious and if I knew I would be in an uncomfortable public situation would express and take a bottle with me. Fortunately as time went on a gained confidence and by the time I got to baby no three I was happy to feed him anywhere, although I was always discreet and considerate of others around me.I can totally understand why Kate Middleton will be spending the first 6 – 8 weeks of her baby’s life with her parents. Hopefully this will give her lots of time to master breastfeeding and gain confidence in order that she can feed the new mini Royal in public and show the world what a normal part of life and parenting breastfeeding can be’
So the question that is left on my lips is ‘Do YOU think Kate Middleton will breastfeed her child?