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At a briefing in Geneva this month, World Health Organisation spokeswoman Fadela Chaib spoke out in favour of the mighty 'breflie', stating that "it's absolutely to be encouraged".
So in keeping with the trend, I come bringing news. News of a giveaway (see below!) and also, a little food for thought when it comes to pumping.
According to UNICEF, half of all newborns are not put to the breast within an hour of birth.
This might not seem shocking, or even significant at first glance. But unfortunately, the consequences of just a few hours delay can be catastrophic, as summarized by France Bégin, UNICEF’s Senior Nutrition Adviser:
“Making babies wait too long for the first critical contact with their mother outside the womb decreases the newborn’s chances of survival, limits milk supply and reduces the chances of exclusive breastfeeding.”
And this is the reality for half of all newborns.
So often, we hear opinions on what breastfeeding is not.
"Breastfeeding is not appropriate in public."
"Breastfeeding is not acceptable after age one."
"Breastfeeding is not normal in our culture."
These messages are, unfortunately, all too commonplace in our world. Yet there is a growing movement to change the conversation. There is a growing movement to inform, empower and to normalize.
World Breastfeeding week is almost here - a week to celebrate breastfeeding, to inform mothers and to show our support for normal infant feeding.
Yet life isn't always smooth sailing, is it? Proven by the fact that just days before this worldwide pro-breastfeeding celebration takes place, there has been yet another report of a mother's right to feed her baby being taken away from her.
In Argentina this week, a 22 year old mom was happily breastfeeding her baby in public, on a square in Buenos Aires, when two policemen informed her that nursing was prohibited and threatened to arrest her.
This incident has led women across the country to hold a "Tetada" ("Breast Fest") in support of breastfeeding moms and in true Tetada spirit, these journalists decided to pledge their support live on air...