Friday, January 15, 2016

Child Development and Public Health


The reason I chose to discuss breastfeeding is because I personally advocate and encourage any woman that can to breastfeed their children. It is a natural aspect of what a woman can do to take care of their children. It is our God given ability to provide nourishment to our children and it also is a wonderful bonding experience with your baby. It is the closest a mother and child come to having that face to face, eye to eye contact. To learn your babies every feature while they learn everyone of yours. It is an experience like no other.  When I had my first child I was so excited to be able to share that experience with her, but she was a strong willed and independent baby. She stopped breastfeeding on her own at 2 months. Nothing I, the doctors or even the lactation consultants could do to make her latch on or even take it from the bottle. So we had to start with formula. I was sad but my daughters health was more important, so formula it was. With my second child she breastfed for 7 months straight and when I had to return to work after those 7 months, she refused to eat for the daycare provider. I supplied the milk but because it wasn't me giving it to her she would not take it. Eventually, we had to let her get to a place of hunger and once she was tired of not eating she finally would take it from the bottle.  The information I have learned over the years and also researching for my blog post has helped me understand that breastfeeding is not looked at the same in every country or culture. The western society way is not always looked at as the best way from other cultures looking in. Having this knowledge will help me better educate professionals in the field on how to talk to and approach mothers who are breastfeeding children in their care.


The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that breast milk is a unique nutritional source that cannot adequately be replaced by any other food, including infant formula. Although pollutants can accumulate in breast milk, it remains superior to infant formula from the perspective of the overall health of both mother and child. Breast-fed children are more resistant to disease and infection early in life than formula-fed children; breast-fed children are less likely to contract a number of diseases later in life, including juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer before the age of 15; mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life, are able to lose weight gained during pregnancy more easily and have a lower risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer (NRDC, 2005).

Emma Pickett wrote an article that discusses cultural issues on breastfeeding. In the article they talk about how in Japan, one of the questions that they ask before a child enters into kindergarten is if the child is still or has been weaned off of breastmilk. In Kenya, a mother is discouraged from breastfeeding if she has gotten into an argument or disagreement so as not to pass "bad blood" through the milk to the child. Tribes in Papua New Guinea and Tanzania believe a mother should be celibate while breastfeeding. And in our culture we are playing a tug of war on what is appropriate when breastfeeding, who we are offending and how now in society we are looked at as oversexualizing our breast by feeding in public places (Pickett, 2012). 

I wanted to pay tribute to this police officer who saved an abandoned babies life by breastfeeding the child and keeping the child warm and giving the child nourishment and heat.  Many of the comments behind this story really display some of the ignorance our society displays. This happened in another country. Some praise the officer as a hero and others see her act of motherly instinct as grotesque. I say well done Officer Urrea, it is women like you that keep us advocates for breastfeeding fighting for the right to feed our children without prejudice and shame.


National Resources Defense Council, (2005).  Healthy milk, healthy baby. Retrieved on 1 /15/16  from

Pickett, E. (2012).  A closer look at cultural issues surrounding breastfeeding. Retrieved on 1/15/16
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