Breast feeding is a shared responsibility, don’t leave it to mothers

By Linda Asaba

Human milk is not just a food; it also complements the immaturity of organs in infants – Peter Hartmann”

This year, for World Breastfeeding Week 2021, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) has selected the theme: Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.

The best way to achieve this and ensure that we protect breast feeding is by having the support from the fathers and family. Fathers especially play a major role in ensuring that the mothers are in position to breastfeed the babies. This is through the provision they make and the support such as financial, moral and physical support that they offer

The theme this year is aligned with thematic area 2 of the WBW-SDG 2030 campaign which highlights the links between breastfeeding and survival, health and wellbeing of women, children and nations.

We, especially in the Africa society, usually think that breast feeding is only a role of the mother. If the mother is not supported or does not have a good support system then the mother in most cases will be stressed and this will make it hard for her to make milk. We need to ensure that in addition to pushing for breastfeeding we ensure that the mothers are; have reduced levels of stress, they are feeding well, have enough rest. Yes, in these COVID times these might be hard to realize but this is the best time for the family to create that support system that we are talking about. Like they say hard times usually bring out the best in us.

Mothers need special care

I am a breastfeeding mother and one of the things that have enabled me to breastfeed is the support from the people around me, especially my husband and family. Having someone to morally support you, someone to make sure you feed well and in time, to ensure that when you need to rest the baby is well taken care of, is one of those small things that ensure that we breastfeed the babies well.

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Asaba Linda is a proud breastfeeding mother and Program Manager at Uganda Health Communication Alliance (UHCA) 


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