What Do Women Really Think About Breastfeeding? We Found Out! Photo: Veer
Breastfeeding is a pretty hot topic over here at The Bump, and we were dying to get the scoop on exactly what women have to say about it. That’s why, in honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we conducted a survey of over 1,600 women -- a diverse group that included moms, non-moms, women who were TTC and soon-to-be moms. We wanted to get their thoughts on everything breastfeeding-related, even those touchy subjects like the ever-controversial breastfeeding in public debate.
The Merits of Breastfeeding
So how do women feel about breastfeeding in general? Well, 83% of them believe that breastfeeding is one of the best things moms can do for themselves and their babies. That’s an increase from last year’s 73% of women who felt the same way.
Breastfeeding in Public
What about public breastfeeding (a subject that’s always being debated by Bumpies)? Surprisingly, a slight majority of the pregnant women felt uncomfortable when they saw moms breastfeeding in public. And -- in an interesting twist -- a majority of the women without kids (and who aren’t even trying) were totally fine with it. But it seems like most women think that there are times when it’s just necessary -- 59% of all the women said they’d breastfeed both in public and in private.
When to Wean
As for the “right” age to stop breastfeeding, most women said that between the ages of seven months and one year old was most appropriate. That’s slightly earlier than the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that moms breastfeed for at least a year (and then continue if they want!).
Overall, a whopping 88% of women said they believed that breastfeeding helps make baby healthier. So while people are still on the fence about where to breastfeed baby and at what age to stop, at least most of us can agree on its benefits.
What do you think about these results? Do you agree?
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