She created a survey about breastfeeding support and how we think about it, and has put her results together in the blog.
Some of the ideas Annie considered are:
Expectations at time of birth
Expectations when breastfeeding challenges occur
Formula Marketing and sales
Here is an excerpt from her post (taken with her kind permission). At the end you will find a link to her site to read more.
Last week, I asked fellow Canadians on twitter if they support breastfeeding. A lot of people asked “what do you mean by support?”. I think the answer is different for each person, but I was interested to hear from you. If you do consider yourself a breastfeeding supporter, what does that mean? I wanted to know, so I put together a survey, open to both Canadians and non-Canadians, and asked a bunch of questions about factors that are often or sometimes equated with breastfeeding support. I got 1631 responses to the survey.
What did you say? In this post, I’m publishing the fascinating results from eight out of the ten questions on the survey. One of the other questions was an open-ended question asking respondents if they wanted to add anything else about what it means to support breastfeeding. More than 500 people had a comment to add, so I’ll publish some of those comments in a second post later this week. The final question asked people where they lived, because I wanted to see if the answers were vastly different for Canadians versus Americans versus other countries. In the end, none of the answers had significant differences across geography (58% of respondents were from the US, 33% from Canada and 9% from other countries). If you aren’t able to read the results in the graphics below, you can also view the results on surveymonkey.
The first question asked people about the extent to which they support a woman’s right to choose how to feed her baby. Almost 90% agreed or strongly agreed that women should be able to choose whether to breastfeed or not…
You can read the rest of the post here What Does it Mean to Support Breastfeeding
I’d love to hear what you think of the answers and what you think it means to be a Breastfeeding Supporter.
Nursing bra jokes allowed, even encouraged