- The average duration of breastfeeding in France is 17 weeks, or approximately 4 months.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.
A new survey by Lansinoh provides more information about how French mothers live or how they survive while breastfeeding their babies.
Not “supported enough”
An interesting first number: 88% of mothers chose to breastfeed because they thought it was good for their baby’s health (which has been scientifically proven many times, editor’s note). However, 69% of the mothers questioned admitted that they did not feel sufficient support from society in this restrictive process, and 55% believed that they did not receive support in their workplace.
While 68% of breastfeeding women believe it is normal to breastfeed their children in public, 15% find the situation embarrassing and 17% say they have. “Publicly criticized” oa “Victims of Prejudice”. On the other hand, 61% of the women surveyed did not feel well prepared to breastfeed, and 39% judged their experience. “Harder than expected.”
Finally, 49% of mothers said they had benefited from the support of health professionals at the start of breastfeeding. these numbers “It attests to the existence of some kind of unease in society towards breastfeeding,” Survey authors’ conclusion.