Hi, my name is Teresa and this is my first post, I confess, I've lurked for long time.
I'm Italian and I'm breastfeeding my son Flavio, that next week will make 15 months. For the Italian standard that's quite unusual, and when people learn that I'm still breastfeeding the reaction is:
Normally here quite every woman attempt to breastfeed, but as there was a big impact of the bottle culture in the 70ies, they don't have much support from families (their mothers mostly didn't breastfeed) nor from the doctors (peds are big fan of formula).
So most of the mothers quit breastfeeding at the first problems (nipple crackled, pain, poor wheight gain, wrong latch).
and the majority of the babies arent' anymore breastfed at 3 months. Moreover, as the delivery in the hospital is the norm (a home birth is seen as something of weird and dangerous), breastfeeding is ruined by the hospital procedures (nursery, rooming in is rare), by the formula and pacifiers and so on offered to newborns.
I'm sorry, I think that you did see on tv something of very rare today (but in the past, before WWII, was the norm), a homebirth in Italy.
Talking about attachment parenting, you won't find any web site about this subject in Italian language, while in any bookshop you'll find easily a Ferber-like book about making children sleep alone by a Spanish that copied Ferber (his name is Estevill), that is a best seller here. Cosleeping must be a secret, especially if you share the bed with your baby (even the crib in the parent's bedroom is blamed) otherwise you'll receive nasty comments: the norm is putting babies sleeping alone since birth (pushed by pediatricians and psicologists).
Recently I got nasty comments on a forum about my being perverted for breastfeeding a toddler (for my pleasure, of course!).
That's the situation in Italy, for what I've seen in real life and by reading many forums about parenting in Italian, where my opinion was always the minority's opinion.
Teresa aka Tomoe
Mother to Flavio, 2 December 2002