Sticks and stones - how words can hurt new Mums

Great podcasts for parents and carers

Wed 27 January 2016

14 mins

Could the language used by midwives and lactation consultants affect whether or not you successfully breast feed?

This the subject of new research from the University of Western Sydney where Elaine Burns, a lecturer in Midwifery, has found that the language support staff use can have a direct impact on the way new Mums think about their baby, and whether or not they continue breast feeding. 

She said in an attempt to make women feel better about breastfeeding, blame was shifted to the babies. Midwives described babies with words like “lazy”, “ansy” and “cranky”.

Listen for the full research findings.

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