The theme for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is:
“Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”.
The WHO along with UNICEF in line with this theme are calling on Governments to promote and protect women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling which is a critical component of breastfeeding support.
Whilst WHO and UNICEF are soliciting support for breastfeeding women from Governments, I am humbly asking us the general public to support breastfeeding women all around us.
From my own experience, it took a great deal of self determination for me to be able to exclusively breastfeed my four children for 6 months.
I was met with words of discouragement from some family members, friends, neighbors, people at work. Some even went as far as threatening to feed my baby before 6months old!
I’m a Public Health Nurse, and I believe I should practice what I preach, so I made up my mind, long before I got pregnant with my firstborn that I would breastfeed exclusively for 6 months and continue till when my kids are two years old
I remember when people saw my now three year old daughter still sucking when she was about 18months old, I would get stares from other women as well as the thousand and one questions that usually follows…trust me, I gladly seized those moments to Health Educate them on breastfeeding.
I’m sometimes shocked at the degree of misinformation some of these women are ladened with on breastfeeding despite the extensive awareness programs on breastfeeding.
I think we members of the society should do better by supporting women who have decided to exclusively breastfeed their children, by respecting their decision, not talking them down and lending a helping hand where possible.
Private Employers, pleeeeeeaase support Nursing mothers within your capacity.
*Where crèche can be made available please make it available
*Where Nursing mothers can close earlier, please let them close
*Where lounges can be made available so that Nursing mothers can have their Nannies hold their babies, please let them be available.
Lastly, this is not to talk down on those who choose not to breastfeed exclusively, but from research breast milk provides the best possible start in life for any child! So, if there’s no medical reason why you can’t breast feed, please do consider it.
For a more comprehensive coverage on breastfeeding, you can visit this link:
Also, in the animation video below i have highlighted some of the benefits of breastfeeding..
Please watch and share if you will, to encourage and Educate other women out there that may be considering Exclusive breastfeeding.
Thanks a lot!
Animation created by :Oluwafunto Okochi