My brother has just announced his girlfriend is pregnant and I'm thrilled at the thought of becoming an auntie for the first time
My only misapprehension is that I know that if I didn't talk to his girlfriend about breastfeeding then she wouldn't have anyone else encouraging her and wouldn't do it. I understand that this is not my baby and therefore ultimately I don't get a say on how he/she will be fed but this baby is family, which makes her family, and I want the best for them both.
She is a few years younger than my brother and none of her peers breastfeed. She's only ever seen me do it and considering DS is now a strapping toddler who practically rips my nipple off when he gets distracted by a better offer, I'm concerned that might actually be off-putting! What's worse, she works in a pharmacy so will get discounted infant formula... which I think is so shameful but that's another matter I suppose.
How can I present breastfeeding in a positive way to her? I don't want to scare her off or seem like I think I can interfere in how her and my brother raise their child but I do want to have an influence. I guess I want to be a role-model for her. Does anyone have any experience/suggestions?