Today marks the first day of World Breastfeeding Week.
On the website, it states the objectives of World Breastfeeding Week this year.
- To draw attention to the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies worldwide.
- To stress the need for active protection and support of breastfeeding before and during emergencies.
- To inform mothers, breastfeeding advocates, communities, health professionals, governments, aid agencies, donors, and the media on how they can actively support breastfeeding before and during an emergency.
- To mobilise action and nurture networking and collaboration between those with breastfeeding skills and those involved in emergency response.
I thought I'd start out WBW by sharing some news stories of breastfeeding in emergencies.
- The story of the mother keeping her infant and 4 year old alive with breastmilk while they were stranded in the cold. Sadly, the father was found dead due to the elements as he went to go find help.
- The Chinese police officer who breastfed others' children during an earthquake emergency.
- After a mom died of complications in birth, a group of women made arrangements to come feed the baby around the clock. An update on that story is here.
I share this story because I know when we think of breastfeeding in emergencies, we think of natural disasters. And while here in Utah it's unlikely that a hurricane will come and knock out the electricity for a few days, we are always prone to other sorts of emergencies like this one or like that time when we had no water for an evening because of road work outside. Breastfeeding can be a wonderful way to be prepared.