This year, Lansinoh did a survey of mothers around the world to get their opinions on breastfeeding. Comparing mother’s views on breastfeeding across various countries, continents, and geographical regions is an interesting topic to say the least.
So, the question becomes, how do Americans stand on the topic compared to the rest of the world?
Breastfeeding In Public
When mothers were asked about their views on breastfeeding in public, 57% of American mothers said it was perfectly acceptable. The US was the second highest in this category trailing only the UK where 63% of mother’s felt this way as well.
Conversely, 41% of French mothers found this to be embarrassing, and an overwhelmingly high number of Turkish mothers (20%) thought that breastfeeding in public is completely wrong.
Breastfeeding Until Age Two
In Brazil, 44% of mothers think it is perfectly normal to nurse their babies until their second birthday. This was substantially higher than any other country. 58% of German mothers thought that this was too told. This isn’t simply a Western Europe VS Latin American cultural difference however. 57% of Mexican Mothers felt as though this was too old as well, this was the second highest out of any country reporting.
When mothers were asked about their biggest concerns, fears, or reservations with breastfeeding, French mother’s were most embarrassed about breastfeeding in public, Mother’s in China were most afraid that their baby’s would become too dependent on them and 45% of US mothers were worried that their babies wouldn’t be able to latch on.
So, as you can see, culture can impact views on something as natural as breastfeeding. In the United States, we’re more open about this – and that is a good thing,especially because of all the benefits of breastfeeding.
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