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The difficulties of promoting breastfeeding as a male nursing student

Building up a therapeutic relationship with a young mother helped nursing student Daniel Cady overcome the barriers he faced when observing and advising on breastfeeding. 
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Building up a therapeutic relationship with a young mother helped nursing student Daniel Cady overcome the barriers he faced when observing and advising on breastfeeding

Throughout my children’s nursing degree programme we have always been taught that ‘breast is best’ for newborn babies and that, wherever possible, we should promote breastfeeding.

This could be by talking with the mother about how to position the baby on the breast, or about hand expressing her milk. But as a male nursing student aged 22, this has not always been easy for me.

Some mothers have asked me to leave the room while they speak with the health visitor, and I have, of course, always respected this request. But not always being able to observe breastfeeding has restricted my learning in this area.

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