Breastfeeding is natural, but in most social situations mothers find nursing a child in public awkward and uncomfortable. Although mother’s milk is very healthy for the baby, it’s hard to always be in a private area when your baby is hungry. However, some prudent planning can make breastfeeding in public appear like the simplest and the most natural thing a mother can do.
It is the right for every baby to be fed on breast milk, and every mother has the right to nurse her infant at any time regardless of the place. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement on breast feeding strongly opines that mothers should exclusively breastfeed their newborns for the first six months, as mother’s milk has an ideal balance of nutrients and is also packed with specific proteins that help transmit immunity from infections. The following tips to breastfeeding in public will be helpful to new mothers to nurse their babies at any time and in any place.
While international medical associations and professionals are widely promoting the concept of absolute breast feeding for the benefit of both the mother and the child, it is the duty of the family members and society to support and help new mothers to nurse their babies. Breastfeeding is the most natural function of a mother, which should not be looked upon as a taboo.
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