This afternoon.

Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16.

A community event organised by Dublin South East Public Health Nurses  to celebrate Dublin South East having the highest breastfeeding rates in Ireland as part of National Breastfeeding Week (1st to 7th October).

Eight out of ten babies in the Dublin south east area is now breastfeeding compared to two out of ten in some areas.

*gurgle*

Top pic from left: Rebecca Rozairo with her duaghter Elisa (4 months) Emily Collins with her duaghter Ava (8 months), Tiffiny Davies with her son Otto (3 weeks).

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17 thoughts on “Got Milk?

  1. Panty Christ

    Bottle fed babies grow bigger faster and are less sick. State led policy to get women to breast feed is interfering.

    1. Increasing Displacement

      I think he’s ripping the piss

      If someone thinks switching a baby from the milk of their own species packed with the mothers immunity to that of another with a load of chemicals in it is better they need their head examined

      Some people need the bottled food that’s a fact, be it the fact they have to work, or they cannot produce, or there’s some physical difficulty, most dont, ie the vast majority.

      There’s a proportion who are too lazy/ill informed/above performing the thing that mammals have always done

      1. fhfhfhf

        I’m glad you acknowledged the difficulty some women have in producing milk, or how work often makes it impossible. That, and there aren’t really many structures in place to support women who are breastfeeding – where would you go if you were in town for example? I agree with the sentiment of your other point (of course it’s the better choice). But I think it’s unfair to characterise those who don’t as being lazy or not bothered. There’s a plethora of other reasons why women chose not to breastfeed. As you said information and education is important but I think there’s also another factor missing in this argument. Breastfeeding is often wrapped up in layers of shame and embarrassment, and it’s not talked about very often. It’s almost impossible to distill this much larger conversation into a small comment but specifically I’m talking about the shame and embarrassment that arises when breastfeeding challenges your perception of your sexuality. It’s a really tough one to navigate because breasts are so sexualised largely by society but also by women themselves. I think its often easier to make the choice not to breastfeed rather than have that kind of reckoning conversation with yourself, or to challenge something fundamental about how you view yourself. I’m not saying I agree, but it is a factor.

        1. Orla

          Where do you go in town? Anywhere you would sit down and have a rest yourself. Coffee shop, park, pub. Breastfeeding in public is a legally protected right.

          1. Cian

            It is legally protected. But fhfhfhf was talking about how (many) women feel ashamed of their bodies. The *can* but *won’t*.

            Unfortunately it is a chicken-and-egg: as long as only a few women breast-feed in public; then the majority fell it is not okay, so don’t. :-(

          2. Orla

            Agreed. I do think it’s on the increase though. And one of the causes that is positively influenced by social media. Also some shops provide breastfeeding spaces. If it helps, look at the larger picture, in the long run a little exposed boob is the least embarrassing thing your kid is going to do to you!

  2. Wilhelm

    Anything to do with the income and attained education levels of the families living in the affluent Dublin South East?

  3. Barry the Hatchet

    It should not come as a surprise to anyone that Elisa, Ava and Otto are being breastfed.

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