Danielle Dowling, 17, Solihull

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Danielle Dowling, 17, Acocks Green


Danielle lives with daughter Evie. Since giving birth to Evie, Danielle has been spending quality time with her friends, family and new arrival. Once Evie is a little older, Danielle plans to enroll at her local college.

Please explain why you’ve chosen to breastfeed?
I decided to breastfeed Evie whilst I was pregnant, because I know that it’s the very best thing for her.

What did the people around you think of your decision to breastfeed – eg partner, parents, friends, family?
I found that most of the people that I talked to about breastfeeding were encouraging.

What advice would you give to mums whose partner/friends/parents disapprove of breastfeeding?
That there’s NOTHING wrong with it! Breastfeeding is natural!

What general advice would you give to expectant mums considering breastfeeding?
I really think that breastfeeding helps you to bond with your baby. There are other benefits too though, breastfeeding has helped me to lose my baby weight quickly and Evie gets less wind than she would have had, if I had bottle fed.

Do you think that there are any drawbacks to breastfeeding? If so, what are they?
No! Not at all.

Did you speak to anyone for advice or do any research about feeding, if so, who did you speak to/where did you look for information?
I had lots of advice from my mom and my health visitor about why it’s best for me and my baby. My boyfriend has been really encouraging too.

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