Today, we’re wrapping up the week that’s been all about breastfeeding this year: World Breastfeeding Week 2015.
This primary source of nutrition for life itself raises a need for attention and celebration.
But, why is it so important we share knowledge about this, and not only celebrate by sharing quotes on motherhood or pictures of newborns and their mothers from all around the globe?
How many of us out there are wondering – is there something wrong with me? How many of us are feeling too embarrassed to share our thoughts and questions about something this important? Sure, the World Wide Web helps, but who to turn to for some real support?
UNICEF has been extremely active this week in shouting out loud the culture of embracing breastfeeding.
Just a few astonishing facts they have shared:
- Did you know that breastfed children have at least six times greater chance of survival in the early months than non-breastfed children?
- Did you know that breast milk provided all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals an infant needs for growth for the first six months, and no other liquids or food are needed?
- Did you know that breastfeeding lowers the risk of chronic conditions and diseases later in life such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, childhood asthma and leukaemia?
The list of reassuring and interesting facts goes on. Let us not forget that primarily, there is nothing more natural than this first connection that the newborn has with its mother’s skin, scent, and touch.
All my life it’s been clear to me that breastfeeding is a completely natural and normal way to feed the child you have brought onto this Earth. While growing up, I was fascinated by this and would ask moms who were breastfeeding questions: does it hurt? How much milk do you actually have? What happens when your baby doesn’t want your milk anymore? Can that happen? How do you feel breastfeeding – normal, natural, or embarrassed that other family members can see your “private” parts?
The list goes on.
Many working mothers are faced with simply not having the convenience of being able to give their child this primary need, both physically and socially. Some are scared about how to do it right, asking themselves whether or not their baby is getting enough nutrition?
A short testimonial we had from a young mother and her doubts helped us see from a different perspective –
“Breastfeeding – so natural, so normal, so why do some women choose not to do it? I planned on it, and did my best to stick with it, but I wasn’t successful. I tried pumping but that also proved a failure. I felt very sad that it wasn’t working for me. Later I realized that I never had the right support system in place. To some women, it seems much easier (due to the protruding nipple) while other women have a flat one and it then becomes a struggle. I encourage new mothers to breastfeed for as long as they can, especially the first few days, which give the newborn the most beneficial part – the colostrum.”
We want to let you know that we support you, working mom, and all of you who are at home – life is too precious to miss out on something so vital!
Let’s embrace those changes and ask those questions, talk to those doctors and experts and relate to those other mothers who have been there.
Let’s celebrate the beauty of the healthiest and most cost-effective method of survival given to us.
Your Olive Maternity