Arianna is an academic and mum to a boy. She experienced serious difficulties with feeding her baby and believes that there should be a far more realistic and evidence-based discussion on how to approach feeding, that goes beyond slogans and is focused on the welfare of mum and baby.
Pamela is an HR professional and mum to children aged three and six. Pamela is working with IFA to shift the culture in infant feeding away from pseudoscience and ideology, and towards an equal emphasis on the mental health and wellbeing of parents and babies’ health. She wants policy to acknowledge the high natural failure rate in breastfeeding, and to promote, support and respect all good options for parents when choosing a feeding method.
Alieshia is a mummy to a wonderful daughter. She is proud to be a member of Infant Feeding Alliance. Alieshia believes that parents and caregivers deserve to have evidence-based and balanced information about infant feeding, so that they can make informed decisions on how to feed their baby that take into account the wellbeing of the whole family.
Katie is an information professional and mum of one, who was shocked by the poor quality information about breastfeeding provided to her antenatally. She has joined IFA to campaign for parents to have information that is accurate, evidence-based and realistic.
Sue is an editor and mum of a daughter. She views exclusive breastfeeding promotion as an intervention that caused unnecessary suffering to her family. It steered her to cast aside more pragmatic plans and led to the readmission of her newborn daughter for complications of insufficient feeding. These experiences, compounded by shaming breastfeeding promotion messaging, negatively impacted Sue’s mental health. She believes her story is typical and tells it in order to question the current agenda and who it serves.
Ruth Ann Harpur
Ruth Ann is a mum of one who believes strongly that families should be offered evidence-based information and support to feed their babies safely, comfortably and in a way that best enables their family to thrive. A clinical psychologist specialising in adult mental health, she would like to see an emphasis on mental health and emotional wellbeing in infant feeding services.
Giulia is a lecturer and researcher and the mum of a little girl. She believes that infant feeding policies should focus on the wellbeing of mothers, babies and their families, instead of exclusive breastfeeding. Having worked in the so-called Global South, she also believes that UNICEF Baby Friendly policies are hurting babies and mothers worldwide by preventing access to affordable formula.
Catherine is a maternity campaigner and the author of Autonomous: The Pregnancy Book for First-Time Mums and Birthing People. She can be found on Twitter: @catherineroyuk.