Women across the globe are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week this week (1st-7th August) for the 25th year. #WBW2017 raises awareness to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.
Women have been breastfeeding since time began, so why does it need promoting, protecting and supporting? But if you need to breastfeed your baby you just might have to stand, leave, cover up…
From simply typing breastfeeding into a search engine you can see some unbelievable experiences from new mothers being discriminated against for doing something as essential as feeding their child. Only last week one woman was left to stand on a train as she breastfed her child while seemingly young, fit commuters relaxed and sniggered in the priority seating. Another account tells of how a waiter demanded a mum cover her baby’s head with a napkin while she was feeding as that was restaurant policy. There are endless stories of women from all over the world who have been asked to leave food establishments, department stores and even churches because by nursing their child they were supposedly making other people feel uncomfortable.
In no way do these actions from others serve to promote, protect and support breastfeeding; they reveal Western societies are discouraging, neglecting and disapproving of publically doing something women were designed to do.
There shouldn’t even be need to say it, but breastfeeding is natural and should be treated as such. It might not always be easy and in some cases it might not even be possible, but if you are in a position to be able to breastfeed you should in no situation be made to feel uncomfortable and certainly not discriminated against.
5 Positive Facts about Breastfeeding
- Breastmilk is a natural, renewable food that is produced and delivered without pollution, packaging or waste.
- Breastfeeding can help create a special bond between you and your baby.
- Breastmilk protects your baby from infections and diseases.
- Breastfeeding can have health benefits for the mother such as reducing the risks of breast cancer and obesity.
- Breastmilk is easily and readily available.
To find out more about breastfeeding visit www.nhs.uk/benefits-breastfeeding/.