Lansinoh (aka the company that makes the nipple salve in the purple tube that basically saved my breastfeeding years), released a survey on data about breastfeeding around the world. And, for those of us who like graphs, pie charts and lots of bright colors, they compiled it all into an easily digestible info graphic:
Some interesting highlights from the above info graphic:
– Lansinoh surveyed more than 13,000 moms in 9 different countries.
– The majority of folks surveyed agree with “breast is best.”
– The majority of women from every country except Germany said they would feel guilty if they didn’t breastfeed.
– The majority of folks all over the world are cool with breastfeeding in public.
And yet, no information about support or whether or not things like policy initiatives (paid family leave, paid sick leave, etc…) contribute one way or another toward breastfeeding rates. (I know, total Debbie Downer over here).
Lansinoh also released a US-focused info graphic based on data they collected:
What stood out to me here is that the majority of folks say that breastfeeding in public is perfectly natural (turquoise smiley face and all!), yet that seems mismatched with all the stories that continue to pour out over women being forced to feed their infants in bathrooms, getting kicked out of stores, etc…
And again, we know “breast is best,” and we still saddle so much guilt. How do we get over this? How can we have discussions surrounding breastfeeding without stigmatizing formula feeders or guilting all mothers? There needs to be a better way…