Women breastfeed longer during the corona crisis. This is evident from the National Breastfeeding Research 2020.
As part of World Breastfeeding Week (starting tomorrow), more than 3,700 mothers took part in the study in recent days. This has been carried out by Markteffect and commissioned by ordinary breastfeeding.nl.
The study shows that a quarter of the women (completely) agree with the statement: “The current pandemic means that I want to breastfeed longer for extra protection of my baby.” The fact that women work more and longer at home during this corona time seems to have a positive effect on this, the study said.
In the study, more than four out of five pregnant women indicate that they plan to breastfeed (83 percent). Of the women who are not pregnant, but who have children, 88 percent indicate that they have had their child (ren) breast-fed at some point. The fact that it is good for the health of the baby and mother is given as the main reason (64 percent).
Breastfeeding contains not only nutrients such as fats, carbohydrates and proteins that are needed to grow, but also vitamins, minerals and other substances that are good for a baby.
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Furthermore, the survey shows that half of the mothers who have fed in public feel uncomfortable with this. This uncomfortable feeling is mainly caused by watching and staring passers-by. 5 percent of these women say they sometimes get negative comments while feeding in public.
“This year, the percentage of women who say they feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public is even higher than last year,” says Mathijs Visser of Gewoon breastfeeding.nl. “This shows how important it is to pay more attention to breastfeeding and how important it is to organize World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding should be normal, not weird or uncomfortable. ”
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