Take a moment to picture a mother breastfeeding her child. What comes to mind?
Chances are, like me you imagined a woman sitting up in a chair holding her baby up to her breast.
Maybe you pictured a woman with a cloth draped over her chest so you couldn't even see how baby was latched.
It's not so surprising that this is the way we imagine breastfeeding. This is the way breastfeeding is often depicted.
It's also often the way mothers are taught to breastfeed in pre-natal classes and in the post-natal ward after baby arrives.
But could these images be part of the reason so many women stop breastfeeding their babies so early, earlier than they might have otherwise chosen for themselves?
In an article for Holistic Parenting Magazine Lactation Consultant and author Nancy Mohrbacher suggests that these images are counter-productive for women learning to breastfeed, and that holding a baby and sitting upright may contribute to the issues many women face when they start breastfeeding.