By Cheryl Bac
Breastfeeding LawUploaded: Feb 4, 2014
Over the past couple of days there has been a lot of heated discussion about breastfeeding. Women are now required to breastfeed their children until the age of two in the United Arab Emirates.
The articles I read left many
questions unanswered, but the topic definitely grabbed my attention.
Breastfeeding is hard. Not only can it be extremely painful (in the beginning, tongue-tied infants, mastitis) but it can also be extremely exhausting (pumping, waking up to feed at night, feeding on demand 24/7). When I was pregnant with my son I automatically assumed that I would breastfeed, not fully understanding the time, energy, and pain-tolerance that it required.
As I've learned from interacting with other new mothers, breastfeeding experiences vary dramatically. Some women absolutely love it while others experience latch issues, reflux, food allergies or intolerances in their little ones. I don't think passing a law is the best way to increase rates of breastfeeding. I hope with education, support, and encouragement women can make a decision that is best for their families.
What are your thoughts about the new law? Is it a child's right to be breastfed?