Lately it seems that national disasters has been on the for front of my husband’s and my minds. we have been talking about being prepared and what we have available to us in an emergency if we were drapted in our home, or how we would get to eachother if we were seperated. one thing that keeps coming up in my mind is how i would provide for our 7month old son the nourishment he would need to survive, and then i remember all he needs is me! who is Breastfeed and as long as he is with me he will get what he needs, the vitamins, the nourshiment, whatever his little body craves. that is so comforting to me, so reasuring to know that i don’t worry about having enough supply on hand for him, to know that i don’t have to worry that what supply is available may be contaminated or make him sick. nope he would have me!
With that thought in mind i thought it all to perfect that this year’s World Breastfeeding week objectives included showing the importance and aide of breastmilk in a national disaster. According to their website here are the listed objectives of this years event….
OBJECTIVES OF WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2009
- To draw attention to the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies worldwide.
- To stress the need for active protection and support of breastfeeding before and during emergencies.
- To inform mothers, breastfeeding advocates, communities, health professionals, governments, aid agencies, donors, and the media on how they can actively support breastfeeding before and during an emergency.
- To mobilise action and nurture networking and collaboration between those with breastfeeding skills and those involved in emergency response.
- Children are the most vulnerable in emergencies – child mortality can soar from 2 to 70 times higher than average due to diarrhoea, respiratory illness and malnutrition.
- Breastfeeding is a life saving intervention and protection is greatest for the youngest infants. Even in non-emergency settings, non-breastfed babies under 2 months of age are six times more likely to die.
- Emergencies can happen anywhere in the world. Emergencies destroy what is ‘normal,’ leaving caregivers struggling to cope and infants vulnerable to disease and death.
- During emergencies, mothers need active support to continue or re-establish breastfeeding.
- Emergency preparedness is vital. Supporting breastfeeding in non-emergency settings will strengthen mothers’ capacity to cope in an emergency.
How amazing is it to know that you can protect your child during an emergency! i hope more people take note of this one (of many) benefits of breastfeeding and get passed the sexual aspect of Women’s boobs!