The best milk for any mammal on this planet is breast milk. While other mammals strictly follow this order of nature, we human beings who supposedly are the highest form of mammals, in our human wisdom many a times refuse to follow this natural boon bestowed upon all mothers by the creator himself.
If we start enumerating the advantages of breast milk, it would take a three day conference to cover all aspects, however, I shall try to summarize a few common advantages.
With the growing awareness on breast feeding most of the mothers are now opting for breast feeding their babies. The recommendation is exclusive breast feeding for 6 months of age and can along with semisolids which are started after 6 months of age, be continued up to 2 years of age.
In our clinical practice we encounter various problems faced by mothers in breast feeding. The commonest problem is that the mother has to join work after three months, and hence won’t be able to continue breast milk. The next common thing we encounter is, mothers carrying feeding bottles with them when on outdoor commitments, when asked, the obvious answer is that it is only when we go out, how else can she feed her baby.
The concept of nursing one’s baby is public is a very normal practice in villages, but an absolute no no in urban settings. The reasons for the same may be lack of privacy, inadequate support from fellow colleagues and organisations, unfriendly or insecure environment and mind-set of the society around and so on. It is recommended that all organisations have crèches and feeding rooms to enable nursing mothers to breast feed their babies.
Just as we have public toilets everywhere these days including the malls and airports, it would be recommended to have feeding rooms for mothers in the malls, airports, railway stations, hospitals, work places and so on. This step can significantly boost the breast feeding practice in this country.