Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, is breastfeeding her twins. The twins were born in January, and mother-in-law Queen Margrethe recently admitted “that the newborns are keeping their mother busy (duh!):
Asked by Billed Bladet if coping with twins was different than when her other grandchildren were born, she replied: “Not for me. But I can see how much it means to the family that it hits, if I may say so. There’s twice as much all the time, it is very strenuous. I have the impression that it is sleep, eat, breastfeed. Sleeping, eating, breastfeeding.”
Queen Margrethe breastfed her own children, so that is one less Booby Trap for Princess Mary! How wonderful that these royalties are using their very public platform to talk candidly about breastfeeding, and what it’s really like! It is so important that new mothers have realistic expectations, and that the concept of spending the first few weeks getting to know and bond with the new baby is normalized. Some moms feel pressure to “get their body back” and want to “have a life” after delivering, and don’t realize how precious and important those first few weeks are to learning the baby’s cues, responding appropriately, and developing the close and intimate relationship that creates a blueprint for later intimacy and a healthy psyche. Mom and baby NEED to bond, and this period is critical regardless of feeding method!! So it is great to see Princess Mary and her husband, Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, modeling healthy attachment parenting principles and mastering the learning curve of breastfeeding.
Now all we need is an official breastfeeding portrait just like the wedding portrait to help normalize and market breastfeeding . . . and if only Her Royal Highness would pass on her wisdom and example to Mariah Carey . . . Celine Dion would also be a good mentor, as she is nursing her new twins too!
While there was no official declaration, from various news articles one might glean that Princess Mary did not have a c-section, which would put her in stark contrast to the majority of twins born in the United States, where it’s almost a given that multiples mean an automatic c-section. Regardless, kudos to her for breastfeeding and for being so open about it! Let’s hope she uses her position to advocate for infant and maternal health. Special thanks to Nikki Lee, RN, IBCLC (and my CLC teacher) for the tip about Princess Mary breastfeeding.
Other Breastfeeding Royalty
Throughout history, members of the nobility have either breastfed or used wet-nurses. I found a fascinating discussion on Royal Forums about breastfeeding royalty, and it seems that today’s highnesses are standing up for the right to breastfeed their own children, and rebelling against their mothers! Here is a small gallery of breastfeeding royalty:
Did we miss any breastfeeding princesses? Which breastfeeding royalty inspires you most?