OUR SHAMEFUL SOCIETY, WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED EVEN FOR BREASTFEEDING, FOR HOW LONG?
Rakesh kumar Yadav
The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2022 is “Step up for Breastfeeding educate and support ” Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the world with public awareness programs to ensure safe breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated on a weekly basis to increase the number of breastfeeding mothers within one hour of birth and to raise awareness about the problems caused by non-breastfeeding. It is the natural right of a newborn baby to be breastfed as soon as possible after birth. If the child is breastfed continuously for 2 years, his intellectual and physical development will be faster, and will be healthy.
We all now know that infants Babies under 6 months of age get enough of all the nutrients they need from breast milk, so breastfeeding should be started within half an hour of birth and 8 to 10 times in 24 hours. Because of its ability to fight disease, it is also called the “first vaccine” for infants, especially in urban areas, where some modern mothers are feeding their babies malnourished by bottle-feeding instead of breastfeeding. When artificial milk is fed, on the one hand, the baby cannot get the nutrition it gets from breastfeeding and on the other hand, there is a high risk of infection. But according to the latest data available in Nepal.
Doctors say that mother’s milk is very necessary for the physical and mental growth of babies from birth to 6 months. According to doctors, breastfeeding mothers are less likely to get breast and uterine cancer.
In Nepali society, which is living on a minimal basis, there are many types of shame and bullying, and there is a one-month dictionary for such shame and bullying, such as physical shame, social shame, shame of gender choice, shame of caste or religion, shame of infertility and even changed perspective.
Today I would like to discuss a shame that is felt not only in Nepal but in all places, cities and villages of the world, the shame of breastfeeding a child. There is no victory in this shame and if women do not have children, they are ridiculed more than men. It is ridiculous to take care of a child outside the home after having a baby, and especially if you are breastfeeding your baby in a public place, it can be even more ridiculous.
Tragic things happen if you are a woman but for various other reasons such as non-availability of breast milk or due to office hours or any other reason a woman should not be able to breastfeed her baby and should be fed milk from other sources or nutritious food or formula. In such a situation, mothers are made very ashamed in the society.
While it is considered normal for women to urinate on the side of the road, it is a matter of ridicule and shame for women to take care of their babies according to their own circumstances or circumstances. It is not a rocket science for mothers to openly breastfeed their babies, but it is a welcome step for life and for generations to come.
This society has made it a very private and secret subject for us for centuries. In fact, it is not a secret because raising a child is not a crime and taking care of a child as a mother is a matter of pride for all mankind. Due to these and similar various thoughts and evil practices, the time of motherhood is becoming awkward and uncomfortable to become a mother. Isn’t it our duty to make it easier for mothers to lead a normal life during motherhood.
This does not mean that mothers should walk in public showing their breasts, but many public places such as airports, bus stands and many well-known international restaurants do not have safe, quiet, and clean places for breastfeeding. And if mothers find it difficult to breastfeed their babies in a public place or do not find a place to breastfeed their babies, or who will calculate the impact and opportunity cost of not breastfeeding? How sensitive is our society when health sciences and nutritionists are talking about breastfeeding for at least the first 2 years! There is also the misconception that breastfeeding affects beauty because mothers do not breastfeed their babies.
There seems to be a lot of work to be done to make breastfeeding a normal activity and to socially acknowledge its importance. Now that World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated from August 1 to 7, it is important to encourage all mothers to celebrate 365 days a year as it helps reduce infant mortality and prevents malnutrition and these things are also addressed.