“At Nestlé, we are always challenging ourselves to better understand the complexities of the parenting journey,” said Thierry Philardeau, Head of Nestlé Nutrition. “We believe finding solutions to the universal pressures faced by parents today will help them feel better supported in the decisions they make during the first crucial 1,000 days of a child’s life. And in doing so, we can strengthen our commitment to help 50 million children lead healthier and happier lives by 2020.”
In the U.S., parents feel generally positive. While they report feeling more pressure than parents in Sweden, they recognize that they have good access to health and well-being resources. Their reported areas for improvement include shared parenting responsibilities and confidence as parents, along with the desire for paid parental leave. Other notable U.S. findings include:
- Social shaming: In the U.S., nearly half (46%) of parents surveyed feel intense social pressure on how to raise their children, often stemming from social media.
- Loneliness in a hyper-connected world: 30% of American parents say, despite living in a world where friends and family are only a text away, it’s easy to feel isolated and lonely with a baby in their arms.
- Baby blues: 45% of new American moms surveyed suffer from postpartum depression, with the U.S. ranking second behind China (47%) in most respondents reportedly experiencing baby blues.
- The unexpected realities of parenthood: Nearly a third (29%) of American…