I live in Ireland. We have the lowest uptake of breastfeeding in Europe. Luckily though, most of my circle of friends do
but I honestly have not met many outside my friends who
There are 3 long term (as in longer than 6 weeks) breastfeeders in the local breastfeeding support group everyone else does it for a couple of weeks if they take it up at all. There have been several radio discussion about breastfeeding lately & the general opinion seems to be that it is dirty & disgusting. I quite openly (although discreetly)
in public & the looks on people's faces are 50:50. Some think you're amazing & some are horrified.
I know 1 other woman locally who uses cloth & while she has done her research & uses good nappies, she doesn't understand me wanting to swap & change & get pretty ones. Pretty much the response I get to me using cloth is one of pity "aww you poor thing". I think people think we can't afford disposies. Only 1 of my friends thinks me using cloth is perfectly normal, she's Norwegian so I imagine it's alot more common over there.
As to babywearing, I get lots of different responses, mostly positive. "Oh, isn't that a good idea" but the best responsive I ever got was "oh is that safe?"
I can pretty much guarantee that I am one of only a handful of
, cloth using, babywearing mommas in the whole country though