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Mums are being shamed for ‘brexting’ [Photo: Rex Features] As her baby snuggles into her and fe...

Breastfeeding Mums Are Being Shamed For ‘Brexting’ But Is It Really So Bad?

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Mums are being shamed for ‘brexting’ [Photo: Rex Features]

As her baby snuggles into her and feeds contentedly, the new mum looks down and smiles. But it’s not the cute gurgling noise or the sweet ‘milk drunk’ look in her baby’s eyes that’s making her smile, but the jokey message she’s just got from one of her NCT mum friends.

Brexting. AKA texting or using your mobile phone while breastfeeding is the current BF buzz word du jour and the latest way new mums are being shamed. One more thing to tick-off the guilt list.

According to some experts brexting can interrupt mother-baby bonding and cause mums to miss signs and cues that their baby is trying to make contact which can in turn lead to clinginess and attachment issues.

“[Mums] could be missing cues that they’re full or they’re still hungry or their latch isn’t secure or if they are having trouble swallowing,” psychologist Kateyune Kaeni, told Southern California Public Radio.

‘Hello! Down here’ [Photo: Rex Features]

As a result users of parenting forums are criticising mums who do take time out while feeding their baby to catch up with friends or family via their phone. But is it really so bad?

Olga Levancuka, author of How to be Selfish doesn’t think so.

“It’s astonishing that basically anything mothers do or don’t do gets criticism from anyone who has a spare minute on their hands,” she says.  

Some experts believe using your phone while breastfeeding interferes with bonding [Photo: Rex Features]

But like many things in life, there needs to be a balance.

“In the early weeks it is important to concentrate on breastfeeding to develop your bond with baby, ensure you have the correct positioning and a good latch, this is vital for a positive start to your breastfeeding journey,” explains Sioned Hilton, Medela UK Education Manager and in-house Lactation Consultant

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