Denise Van Outen has revealed that she decided to breastfeed her baby daughter Betsy after she was born – but gave it up after less than a month because she didn’t want to get photographed breastfeeding in public.
The 36-year-old new mum told She magazine that she became self-conscious about breastfeeding in public after an incident in her local Post Office. “I was at the back of a really long queue at the Post Office knowing that in the next half hour she was going to wake up, cry and wanting a feed,” she recalled. “Sure enough, when I got to the front, that’s exactly what she did and I felt self conscious of the pressures of everyone looking because they knew my face.”
So Denise made the conscious decision to give up breastfeeding because of her fear of photographers getting a picture of her doing it. However, she also admits that she wasn’t producing enough breast milk.
There has been much debate about mums breastfeeding in public, and Denise isn’t alone in her fears. “The feelings and worries expressed by Denise are shared by many news mums,” a spokesperson from the breastfeeding support organisation La Leche League has said. “In the early days, many women feel self-conscious about feeding outside the house but given time and practice this gets easier.”
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