Some of them have even come forth with home remedies and life hacks on how to stop milk production overnight. Really? Is it not my personal choice and something left for me and my child to decide? I plan to continue breastfeed my child till the time we both are mentally prepared.
I am not here to talk about how good breast milk is for your child , as that will merely be stating the obvious ,this is merely my contribution to this initiative of making our community more breastfeeding friendly. I have been to many breast feeding groups and mums have shared their stories on how due to certain mindset, situations and at times awkward social circumstances they wanted to give up on breastfeeding. A mum having to give up breastfeeding her child due to no community support is a real shame and a grave injustice to the mother and child.
Many times mums are made feel its not ok to feed in public. If we can have our take away food in public, why cant infants have their most nutritious food in public ? I know many working mums who shared their story with me of Pumping milk for their child in their office washrooms out of sight from people who supposedly get unnerved at possibly one of the most beautiful sights in nature – that of a mother nourishing her child. So basically the moms are forced to feed their babies or prepare for it in a washroom or at best in tiny uncomfortable confinements . We as a community can for sure do better than that .
We talk about giving our children the best possible growing conditions and bright future but somehow the very basic need of nourishment , which will nurture the child for the future ahead, is not given the respect and acceptance it deserves. Please encourage mums around to breast feed their child , when they please , where they please and as long as they please. And if you cannot encourage at lease please do not make them feel uncomfortable. Spread awareness . Do share your pic with your child and your story about breastfeeding. I would love to feature one of you in my next breastfeeding blog.
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