Shame or pride, welcome to the breastfeeding week of 2020 | Hamro Patro

ब्लग - साहित्य / नेपाली चाडपर्व तथा महत्त्वपूर्ण दिनहरू

Shame or pride, welcome to the breastfeeding week of 2020

In Nepali society, which is living on a minimal basis, there are many types of shame and bullying, and there is a persistent dictionary for such shame and bullying, such as physical shame, social shame, shame of gender choice, shame of caste or religion, shame of infertility even in changed perspective of new millennium.

Today I would like to discuss a shame that is felt not only in Nepal but in all parts of the world, cities and villages, 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 also considered ridiculous to take care of a child outside the home, especially if you are breastfeeding your baby in a public place. 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 not being 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 people 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 settings.

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 baby is not a crime and taking care of a baby 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. 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, shopping malls 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 upon newer generation of not breastfeeding?

How sensitive is our society when health sciences and nutritionists are talking about breastfeeding for at least the first two years? There is also the misconception that breastfeeding affects beauty and there are mothers who 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, these things are also addressed.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Good luck

Suyog Dhakal

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