As you might have figured-out, by now, our Daughter and her Husband are Expecting in February. My Wife and I are ecstatic! That is why I have been writing some Posts about her–and what other young people might be facing.
One of the Purest and Most Beautiful things in Life is a New Mother Nursing her Baby. WHO (the World Health Organization) recommends that babies be given Mother’s Milk ONLY, for the first six months of their Life. Most Doctors agree. It is very common in many Countries to see Mother’s Nursing, talking to Friends while sitting in front of their Homes. BUT…that is not Universal, even with the WHO Recommendation.
Some Mothers in Poor Countries, and elsewhere, have been led to believe that Formula is best. Remember that Most of the World does not have access to Clean, Potable Water. Local Rivers and Community Wells are often unsafe sources, but the only ones available. Once again, it is another reason to realize that Many Peoples do not have things as well as we do.
I have linked an article, from “Daily Momtra”, which is a Mom’s Social Networking site, Nestle Dupes Moms, Kills Babies in Indonesia, dated November 2, 2010, http://dailymomtra.com/2010/11/02/nestle-dupes-moms-kills-babies-in-indonesia/. I have also seen articles about Poor Mothers in Africa mixing formula with water from muddy water, and unfortunately with many of the same results. Obviously, Nestle is not the only producer of Formula. Marketing is Everything! HUH?
In today’s The Miami Herald, there was a wonderful article about a Mother (of three), who had recently moved from Texas to South Florida, and she was donating Breast Milk to the Texas Children’s Hospital. The linked article, by Anna Edgerton, is: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/17/3007806/hospitals-stock-donated-human.html. The Texas Hospital had started a Milk Bank since not every Mother can produce enough Milk for her baby(ies). Perhaps, there might be a Milk Bank near you.
Most Young Mothers, or Mom’s-to-Be, are aware of the work of the La Leche League, an international Non-Profit Organization, which promotes the benefits of Breast Feeding. It is a good source of information on Breast Feeding, the Benefits to Babies…and to the Moms. My wife nursed both of our children and found it to be a tremendous opportunity, both to bond with the Baby and she found it quite relaxing. Its web site is linked, as follows: http://www.llli.org/.