“Not funny”

Adele says pressure on mothers to breastfeed is “ridiculous”

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At a recent show in London’s O2 Arena, Adel, who is the mother of a 3-year old son has called out people who put pressure on new mothers to breastfeed as “f***ing ridiculous”. “Any breastfeeding mummies?” she asked her audience, after a group had asked her about breastfeeding mothers. “All these people who put pressure on us, you can go f*** yourselves. It’s hard. Some of us can’t do it — I managed about nine weeks with my boobs, and I trip over them. Some of my mates got post-natal depression from the way those midwives were talking.”

She went on to describe how awful she felt once she was no longer able to breastfeed her son, because of the public pressure put on mothers, saying: “I felt like, ‘If I was in the jungle now back in the day, my kid would be dead because my milk’s gone.’ Imagine how that makes me feel. It’s not funny.”

Her remarks come just a week after famous British TV-chef Jamie Oliver had courted controversy by saying that Britain was the worst in the world at breastfeeding, while it was good for babies’ health. He later issued a statement on Twitter in which he apologized, saying he understood that breastfeeding was not easy or even not possible sometimes and was not planning on starting “a campaign on breastfeeding.”

Read the full story at The Independent and Billboard.

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