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Celebrate Motherhood, Celebrate Breastfeeding

  • JWB Post
  •  August 7, 2015

Happy Breastfeeding week!

While we are onto our current campaign called ‘Masters in Breastfeeding Administration‘, we have found this beautiful article that was published in TOI yesterday called ‘Celebrate Motherhood, Celebrate Breastfeeding‘. The article in general talks about the importance of breastfeeding during the initial years of baby’s birth, and how it helps create an unbreakable bond between the child and the mother. It states, “While breastfeeding may come across as just another way of feeding a hungry baby, in reality it is a cherished personal moment between the mother and the child.

The article also speaks about the agony of working mothers who find it difficult to carry on with their jobs while nurturing a new-born. It says, “According to a recent online survey conducted by Medela on 2200 mothers around the most common issues that affect a mother’s breastfeeding decision, it was revealed that 42 per cent of women had to quit their jobs to take care of their new-born child. The survey involved working and stay-at-home-mothers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Their pilot study separately also questioned around 200 corporates, 35 per cent of which said they offer their female employees a maternity leave of simply 3-6 months. 59 per cent of the corporates surveyed admitted to having an attrition rate in their female employees, with “having to breastfeed the baby” being one of the top reasons for women quitting their jobs.”

That’s sad. However,  we can slowly see a ray of hope rising.

The article also presents views of women on ‘breastfeeding in public’. Below are 2 quotes we loved:

“I follow the T-shirt method. You wear a nursing bra, a camisole and a t-shirt on top. When you have to feed the baby, you simply pull up the t-shirt, pull down the camisole and feed the baby. I was a little apprehensive at first but then I started practicing at home first and eventually started it in public spaces too. People cannot make out I am feeding her, unless they are standing over my head. I feed her at public places easily now. If that still makes you uncomfortable, you can get nursing covers. This way you never stop feeding the baby because of awkwardness.”

“I breastfed my daughter for almost 3 years. I was born and bought up in Munich and mothers breastfeed their kids into toddlerhood commonly. But here in India it is tough. However, I bought a breastfeeding sling which I also used to carry my baby and to breastfeed in public places. I know how important breastfeeding is so I wouldn’t have stopped it before time for anything in this world.”

Do you have a story to share on breastfeeding? Let us know at contactjaipurwomenblog@gmail.com!

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