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To breastfeed or not?

Myleene Klass in The Philippines-1715264

Mylene Klass was raised in Britain but she is half-Filipina.

She went to the Philippines on behalf of Save the Children Foundation and is trying to educate mothers about breastfeeding and how crucial it is for babies to receive the life-saving benefits of breast milk.

I had no idea that raising children on formula milk has its repercussions.

According to the article:

Vilma didn’t know that if babies receive colostrum – the mother’s first milk – within an hour of birth, it will kick-start the child’s immune system, making them three times more likely to survive killer diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea.

Did you know that?

Apparently, big companies are pushing formula products for children for profit and profit alone.

Mylene goes on to say:

We have a choice. She didn’t even have the information.

It’s upsetting as every mother just wants the best for their children.

If I were born into her situation and didn’t have information, advice and help, how do I know that I wouldn’t make the same decisions she made?

Many families in the Philippines throw themselves into debt buying formula milk.

Mums believe they’re doing the right thing as they don’t believe their breast milk provides their children with the nutrients they need due to their own poor diet.

So they use formula purely because they think it’s their only option.

Formula milk in the UK is expensive enough but in poorer countries, the price is extortionate.

I met one woman, Irma, who spent more on formula each month than her rent. If I had to pay double my rent or mortgage for a month’s worth of formula, I’d be in a desperate state too. Formula here is a total white elephant and the women, once they’ve entered the cycle of buying it, can’t escape it.

There are also hidden costs to formula too. If they use water from outdoor open pipes, bacteria is prevalent.

“There is no food more nutritious, locally produced, affordable and sustainable than breastmilk. Artificial feeding increases the risk of not only childhood infections, but also of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancers, which are assuming epidemic proportions. But two out of three infants or 92 million infants of 136 million born – are either artificially or mixed fed. Breastfeeding has enormous benefits for maternal health, and is an important factor in child spacing for the millions of women who have no access to modern forms of contraception”

Read the full article here.

More important information may be found here.

So, if you just had a baby – what would you do?

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