Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Breastfeeding around the world

Apparently in Malaysia, too many women want to breastfeed. Women are adopting babies and taking pills to be able to produce milk and breastfeed them. The government is trying to encourage them to get married first and have babies second. Three observations from me. First, it is interesting that they are not having biological babies, but adopting. Second, they consider breastfeeding the way to feed even adopted babies (no mention of bottle feeding as an option in society or bottle feeding as the other option for these women or babies). Third, the government is saying that the social structure of mother-father = baby is important. I am sure there are many differences between Malaysian culture and American culture, but these three areas show pretty striking differences. Valuing adoption, breastfeeding and family.

In the Philippines pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are at risk of malnutrition. This article addresses the concerns. According to the article their diet consists mostly of a fish-vegetable combination. The article continually restated the need for pregnant and breastfeeding women to receive adequate information and education regarding proper nutrition. A good, holistic, thorough health care provider (midwife or doctor) will include nutritional education and counseling in prenatal and well-baby care.

The article also said "it is important that pregnant and breastfeeding women get full support from loved ones to relieve them of some discomforts related to pregnancy and breastfeeding". I think we all could agree with that.

Happy New Year, Mocha Milk fans!

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