Breastfeeding in public: why is it treated with so much disgust?
The first week of August, from 1st August to 7th August, is seen as the world breastfeeding week.
Every year we have celebs and govt talking about how breastfeeding is a normal mechanism every mom undergoes but we still have people who are ashamed of women breastfeeding their children in public.
Despite the law trying hard to ensure good maternity benefits to women, the public seems to not change its attitude towards the mothers.
Breast feeding in public is still considered as a shame.
Why is it so hard for people to understand that it is the child’s requirement?
Why do women continue to face discrimination over it then?
Undoubtedly, the government is trying hard to provide women with all the basic necessities once they deliver a child.
- Work places are now being equipped with wellness rooms specifically for women to ensure that they can pump and store the feed for their children.
- Also, many offices and public places like railway station, airports etc have a breast feeding room which is specially designed for lactating mothers to ensure privacy.
- It might also delight you to know that some companies have even established tie-ups with creches and day care facilities nearby the offices to ensure women can continue nursing their children even while at work.
Now despite all these efforts, women aren’t very comfortable in breast feeding their child in the public. Some who try to, are made to tolerate comments by the public.
Doctors state that women stop breastfeeding their child within 2-3 weeks of their delivery. Now this could be possibly because of endless reasons but what we need to understand is that it affects the health of the infant as well as the mother.
So why not remove this taboo? Why not educate people that breast feeding is a normal act and there’s nothing disgusting about it?
Actor Lisa Haydon recently posted a picture of her breastfeeding her child to help educate people that breastfeeding is something very natural and should be treated the same way by the public.
Nursing the child with mother’s milk is proven to be the healthiest for the baby.
The following are the advantages of breast feeding-
- Healthy upbringing-
It helps prevent pneumonia, cold, cough and other viruses.
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome-
It lowers the risk of baby’s SIDS by about half.
- Stronger bones-
Consuming mother’s milk is the best nutrient for the child as it helps develop stronger bones in them. Also, doctors say that a woman is lactating; her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently. Hence it also helps develop stronger bones in women.
- Lower cancer risk-
It helps decrease baby’s risk of childhood cancer.
- Most effective vaccine-
It is observed that breastfed babies have a better antibody response to vaccines than formula-fed babies.
- Bond mother and child-
Nursing a baby creates a closer bond of a mother with her child. It helps the mother to develop better motherhood for the baby and thus know the child better.
While breastfeeding is seen as an essential part of nurturing the infant, it is high time we stop the stereotypes around women breastfeeding their children.
Here’s what we can do-
- Ensure women are provided with well maintained rooms where they can pump or feed the child.
- Support women who breastfeed their children in public instead of simply frowning at them.
- If people try to direct women to feed their children in the restrooms, ensure that you support the women as restrooms aren’t a healthy place to breastfeed.
- If people freak out or point out fingers at women breastfeeding their children in public, try educating the people that its all normal and legal.
If people stop creating a havoc and support women to breastfeed, then we can ensure better and healthy young ones.
So let’s pledge to support the mothers who need to nurse their children in public.