“Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (August). For this month, we write about the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 – Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life and share how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals development by the government and the United Nations. Participants will share their thoughts, experiences, hopes and suggestions on the topic. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.”
Breastfeeding is a journey. It has its ups and downs but knowing the facts versus what are just plain misconceptions will greatly help in a successful journey. Here are my top 2 myths related to poverty that affects most moms.
Breastfeeding is Expensive
Some people have the notion that breastfeeding is expensive because you need special clothing, equipment and consultations to lactation experts.
With all the breastfeeding accessories out in the market, like nursing pillows, foot stools, clothes, covers, pumps, and consultations that costs an arm and a leg, it is not hard to think that way.
While these items, help the mom breastfeed in convenience, breastfeeding require just the mother and the baby. The body was created perfectly to do this nurturing act. Being knowledgeable will enable thebe mom the right choices to influence her successful journey. There are volunteer breastfeeding counselors and groups in the community who offer free support and classes to help moms optimize the benefits. .
Malnourished Woman Should Not Breastfeed
Breastmilk is the perfect food for babies, especially those impoverished ones. The malnourished mother will still produce sufficient supply of good quality milk for their babies. Moderate malnutrition has little or no effect on milk production.
When there are available supplies of food or vitamin supplements are available it is best to give them to the mother rather than the child. This will improve the mother’s health and well-being, rebuild their own nutrient stores, and protect the infant from the risks of artificial feeding.
As for me, breastfeeding was the most natural way to provide the nourishment for my baby. I used breastfeeding accessories to make the 2-year journey easier. But as I would always say, there’s no need to spend on things you cannot afford. If there’s a will, there will always be a way to make things work…successfully.
Here are many thoughts and reasons why we should all advocate for mothers to breastfeed for the first 1,000 days of life #BF1st1000days
My entries for this Milk Mama Diaries Carnival: breastfeeding as the best choice for the environment as well and breastfeeding myths and poverty
Jenny shares experiencing the One Asia Breastfeeding Forum
Mec insists to do the Math and breastfeed!
Ams, The Passionate Mom says Breastfeed for a Better Future
Cheryl, the Multi-Tasking Mama, tackles maternal health as addressed by breastfeeding
2011 CNN Hero Ibu Robin highlights gentle births and breasfeeding, even in disaster zones
Felyn stresses that Healthy Moms = Healthy Babies
Monique reminds us that there are second chances in breastfeeding
Normi relates how breastfeeding gave her strength and purpose
Em believes breastfeeding is a solution to societal problems
Marge shares what breastfeeding has taught them
Madel relates her breastfeeding saga
Jen of Next9 reminds us to do our research and share what we know
Celerhina Aubrey vows to work on one mother at a time
Grace wants to put an end to stories of toasted coffee and similar stuff over breast milk
Diane shares how she prevailed when things did not go according to plan
Hazel appreciates mommy support groups
Roan combines two passions, breastfeeding and architecture
Rosa shares how the picture she thought of was realized
Sally believes breastfeeding benefits mankind and our planet Earth
Floraine reminds us that breastfeeding helps combat diseases
Crislyn was happy to realize that she improved her own health by breastfeeding
Armi reminds us how breastfeeding during emergencies is crucial
Arvi tells us how breastfeeding made her look at her body a different way
Clarice elaborates on how breastfeeding saves lives and the planet
Giane reminds us that women empowerment can begin by seeing breastfeeding as more than a feeding issue
Liza thought she was only breastfeeding for her child