The biggest problem with breastfeeding is not persuading anyone to do it, but properly teaching them how. Breastfeeding is a skill. It doesn't come naturally and blissfully tp all women and yet this is what's often expected. Breastfeeds with my eldest child were so fraught that he'd spend most of the time screaming in frustration. Meanwhile, all the well-meaning professionals patted me on the back and said "you're doing really well". "Don't give up!” What I wanted and needed was a strict, clever nana type to tell me exactly what was going on and how to fix it. This wisdom is exactly what I got from godlike feeding guru Clare Byam-Cook when I had my second baby, who diagnosed overactive letdown within about two minutes of meeting me and fixed the problem that very day. She told me to ignore all the advice about placing nose to nipple and to just squidge my boob into the more manageable shape of a doughnut. I went on to breastfeed extremely happily for the next 17 months.
Sali Hughes ~ Journalist, presenter & broadcaster, in her book ‘Everything is washable’.