Because of the benefits of mother’s milk, the Surgeon General wants to make breastfeeding easier and more enjoyable for moms.
HollyMoms, breastfeeding outside of the comfort and privacy of your own home is about to get a little easier, thanks to the Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin. She held a press conference to announce her plans to make the task of feeding your baby more pleasant and socially acceptable through her “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding” plan.
“One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect her child and her own health is to breastfeed,” says Benjamin. Did you know that breastfeeding your baby will actually diminish your chances of getting breast and ovarian cancer, HollyMoms? All the more reason to forget the store bought formula and stick to what nature intended.
Victoria’s Secret Angel turned first-time mom, Miranda Kerr already knows that breastfeeding is best for her brand-new little boy, Flynn, with Orlando Bloom. It has been shown to reduce diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia and even asthma in children!
“I intend to breastfeed for as long as I can,” says Miranda, 27. “My breast milk will give our little Flynn the nutrition he needs for his continued healthy development and to all mums out there I am sure you will make the right choice for you and your baby.”
And the Surgeon General is going to make sure that all moms have more support when it comes to nursing at the office and throughout the community.
Besides hoping to institute paid maternity leave, Benjamin is asking workplace establishments to offer their employees a “clean and private place other than a bathroom” where mothers can nurse or pump. I think that’s something we could all agree is missing from most offices and businesses.
And she wants women to be able to nurse publicly, shame free. “The popular culture’s sexualization of the breast makes some women want to hide the fact that they’re breastfeeding,” says Benjamin. HollyMoms have you felt that way? Are you hesitant to feed your little one mother’s milk in public?
I really hope that the Surgeon General’s plans don’t meet too much opposition and that some day, perhaps by the time I’m a mother, breastfeeding will be absolutely accepted by all of society — and paid maternity leave wouldn’t be bad either!