BBC Radio Sheffield will join forces with Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme next week for a special series of programmes looking at how women are feeding their babies and how this makes them feel.
The idea came from Radio Sheffield’s weekend breakfast presenter Kat Cowan who has recently returned to work after maternity leave. The presenter gave birth to her son Cooper in March 2018.
Kat will be a guest on Woman’s Hour on Monday January 28th when she will talk openly about her own experiences trying to breastfeed her baby:
“It was by far and away the hardest part of being a new mum and a world away from the images I’d had of feeding my baby when I was pregnant. I have never doubted myself so much and never felt as guilty as I did when it became obvious I couldn’t produce enough milk for my son. What made it worse is that I felt very isolated.”
On Tuesday January 29th, new data from a poll jointly commissioned by BBC Radio Sheffield and Woman’s Hour will reveal women’s views about feeding and also investigate the factors affecting how women fed their babies, including public pressure and their mental health.
On Wednesday there will be a phone-in broadcast on both Radio Sheffield and Woman’s Hour from 10am. This will be jointly presented by Jane Garvey from Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards.
Kat Cowan said: “What’s become clear from the chats I’ve had with other mums is that feeding your baby in those early weeks is rarely straight forward and can be incredibly draining both physically and mentally. At the same time many mums say it is the best part of becoming a mother. I hope that any women in the thick of struggling to feed their babies listen to us and realise they’re not alone. I also hope that those responsible for supporting new mums look at our data and ask if there’s anything more they could do to help women feel better about how they feed their babies – be it by breast, bottle or both.”
Katrina Bunker, Editor of BBC Radio Sheffield, added: “Last year we forged a really successful relationship with Woman’s Hour when we worked together on a special week of programming around the menopause. We received a lot of positive feedback from listeners across the country so it’s great to link up with Radio 4 again to investigate issues around feeding your baby, another topic that can have huge impact on people’s lives. Following her own experiences, Kat felt passionately that there wasn’t enough conversation about women’s experiences (good and bad) of breastfeeding and the impact it can have on new mothers. It’s great to be able to address that and enable families to have more of a voice on the subject.”
Listen to Radio Sheffield presenter Kat Cowan on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Monday January 28th from 10am.
The results of the poll will be broadcast on BBC Radio Sheffield from 7am and Woman’s Hour at 10am on Tuesday January 29th.
The phone in, presented both by Paulette Edwards and Jane Garvey, can be heard on both Radio Sheffield and Woman’s Hour from 10am on Wednesday January 30th.