Dear Readers, It is World Breastfeeding Week.
I can’t believe I did not know this given I am crazy about whipping my boob out and letting my beautiful children eat. Seriously, I went through a lot of pain and a lot of mastitis and a lot of embarrassing moments. If I had the blog then I would have been writing about boobs non-stop. Still, it was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had as a mother and I would not have it any other way. I am very lucky to be able to have lactation consultants and an encouraging hospital and peace in my home where I can feed my kids.
Around the world, breastfeeding is not a choice. It is a necessity. It is a matter of life and death that the mothers get the nutrition and knowledge and safe place to feed their infants successfully. In developing countries there is a huge risk in mixing formula with what may be contaminated water. Also, because breast milk changes with what a baby needs to grow, a mother’s milk can best protect these vulnerable children. According to Lancet in a UNICEF letter supporting the World Breastfeeding Week, for a mother in a developing country to be able to breastfeed her children exclusively for the first 6 months of life as we are able to would have the
single largest impact on child survival of all preventive interventions, with the potential to prevent 12 to 15% of all under age 5 deaths in the developing world
That is amazing. A mother’s milk is a miracle food for babies. So as Daphne on Cool Mom said when she alerted me to this important week,
Raise a Breast this week. It’s importance can’t be underestimated.
Please understand there is no judgement here from me on moms who do not choose to breastfeed. However, I still believe that if a woman can make it work, it is in the very best interest of the child and sends a great message around the world and to our poorest citizens. As I said, we have a choice. Many women do not.