Breastfeeding Week 2017

Photograph Australian artist Joy Hester nursing her son Sweeney. In the background can be seen a painting by 'Professor' Henry Tipper (Harold Deering), a trick cyclist and amateur painter whose work was discovered and promoted by Albert Tucker. Shot in 1945, the photo is in the public domain.

Photograph Australian artist Joy Hester nursing her son Sweeney. In the background can be seen a painting by ‘Professor’ Henry Tipper (Harold Deering), a trick cyclist and amateur painter whose work was discovered and promoted by Albert Tucker. Shot in 1945, the photo is in the public domain.

It’s time to celebrate breastfeeding with World Breastfeeding Week between Aug. 1 and 7, 2017. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing a mother and child can do. And yet it’s shunned in many parts of the world. Mothers have been threatened and fired and even injured for wanting to take good care of their babies.

Breastfeeding is important for nourishment and the immune system and the bond it forms between mother and child. Even men can build a better relationship with a child held to their bare chest as skin-to-skin contact is critically important to a developing infant.

Learn more about breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week at http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/.

See also “The 111 Benefits of Breastfeeding – For Babies, Moms & Everyone Else.”  This has some commercial links, but most of the links are to information from the United States Government.

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11 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Week 2017

  1. It’s strange and sad how social prejudice can “demonize” one of the most natural and necessary bodily functions of human beings. But then again western society has made many basic bodily functions and the body itself as something to be hidden. Fortunately, things are changing.

  2. People pooping and peeing is natural too, but I don’t want to be forced to watch that in public. Women can do their thing in a bathroom stall just like they’ve done for centures.

  3. Breastfeeding is as natural as waking up and making breakfast. Maybe people are so offended by it because that was the last time they got to see a breast in a non-sexual setting.

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