To kick off BBC Three’s Bringing Up Britain season, Cherry Healey (Cherry Goes Dating, Cherry Gets Married) presents a revealing and compelling documentary that explores both sides of the breastfeeding debate.
Breastfeeding is, for some, a taboo subject and it often provokes controversy. The World Health Organisation advises that all mothers breastfeed their children for at least the first six months, but it is not for everyone. Cherry herself found the experience painful and traumatic and eventually gave up. Over a year later, she is still plagued by feelings of guilt for “not trying harder” and is now on a mission to find out how other new mums really feel about breastfeeding.
In Cherry Healey Investigates – Is Breast Best?, she meets a diverse group of mums on the vanguard of both sides of the debate. From a group of “lactivists”, who strongly believe that breastfeeding is the only option for a new mum, to pro-bottle advocates and teen mum Jess, who has formula fed all the way, Cherry hears personal stories from women from all walks of life.
The presenter also confronts her own demons when she meets 19-year-old Emma who, like Cherry, finds breastfeeding painful and is struggling to feed baby Olivia. Through Emma’s “night cam” filming, viewers witness the gruelling four-hourly feeds, the sleep deprivation and anguish of this young mum, who only wants to do the best for her baby. With Cherry’s guidance and practical advice from experts, Emma soon turns the painful task into a successful bonding experience with her daughter.
During her investigation, Cherry also meets one of the country’s leading paediatricians; asks why the UK has such low breastfeeding rates; and finds out what happens when breastfeeding mums go back to work.
Cherry Healey Investigates – Is Breast Best? is part of BBC Three’s Bringing Up Britain Season, on TV and online. Other programmes in the season include: Misbehaving Mums To Be, Gatwick Baby – Abandoned At Birth, Fast Food Baby, Meet The Multiples and What If My Baby Is Born Like Me?
Tuesday 12 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE