Breastfeeding does not make breasts sag and like many breastfeeding mothers Anne was upset & offended by the article in Mother & Baby magazine which called breastfeeding ‘creepy’ and perpetuated the idea that it makes your breasts saggy.
She says: “I’m not sure it’s possible to convince people that breastfeeding is natural and not creepy if this is what they believe. Having said this, I do think it’s partly because our society no longer recognises breasts as having a ‘dual function’ and feels more comfortable using them to sell cars or newspapers than to feed babies.
Whether we like it or not, we in the West we are subject to a media idea of perfection which is for most people, utterly unattainable. If a young woman is concerned about her appearance already then believing that breastfeeding will damage her figure may well be foremost in her mind when she comes to have her child. She has already changed shape beyond her recognition and fears more change – and it’s understandable!”
If you have breastfed at all – for a week or a year or even longer, please consider sending a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Anne is hoping to provide some reassurrance to mothers-to-be concerned about the myth which seems to follow breastfeeding around like a cloud….
“This is NOT about debating breast vs formula. I have no wish to make anyone feel guilty. I believe in supporting mothers, not criticising them when things have gone wrong (I am a trained peer supporter). I just want more people to give breastfeeding a try.”
If you want to see the first photos to arrive from the wonderful women volunteers check out Anne’s blog: