Breastfeeding is the most natural and beautiful thing in the world. Not only is it healthy for mums and babies but it is also better for communities. The world health organisation recommend that babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life. This can be tough in today’s society for many reasons including instances where mums have to go back to work soon after birth for financial reasons. I also find it rather strange that mothers are not given enough support to feed their babies judging by the amount of horror stories we hear on the news. Recently a mum was told off for breastfeeding at sports-direct (she soon had the last laugh by staging a mass breastfeeding protest lol). I also heard of how another mother was called a slut by a group of teenagers simply because she was feeding her baby. The thing is babies do not have the understanding to ‘wait’ until home. A good friend of mine always says if babies cannot be breastfed in public then perhaps nobody should be allowed to eat smelly fast food in public (that is another story).
The WHO also recommend that babies should be breastfed until the age of 2 because of its health benefits to mums and babies. Breastfeeding saves lives, especially in countries where poverty is rife and people do not have access to clean water. Breastfeeding is safe,clean and always on tap…..So happy breastfeeding week to all mums and babies and well done to companies and organisations out there who are doing all their can to support mothers who choose to breastfeed.