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Breastfeeding: Reasons Why Some Women Don’t Breastfeed

Every mom who wants a strong baby is advised to put them on exclusive breastmilk die. This is also known as baby-friendly and lasts for the first six months. Hence, the reason why when some states of Nigeria endorsed the policy which allows women a six months maternity leave. And nothing gave nutritionists more joy. Breastfeeding is the cheapest way to ensure that one’s baby is immune to certain diseases. In fact, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) refers to breastfeeding as the “simplest, and smartest way to ensure that a child survives and thrives. 

The truth is, a healthy baby is not just a nursing mother’s delight. Everyone wants to touch the beautiful, plump, and playful, baby. I mean, is it not just so adorable to see their innocent eyes wandering around a room?

Are there any good reasons why a woman won’t be breastfeeding her baby?

Some people wonder, “are there any reasons why a woman might not want to breastfeed her baby?” Well, there are a handful of reasons why a woman might be unable to place her baby on exclusive breastmilk diet. And sadly, some of them are not such as the woman has any control over.

Reasons

Just in case you are wondering, here’s a quick list of reasons some women do not breastfeed their babies:

  • Health issues:

Women who have HIV or are breast cancer survivors cannot breastfeed their babies. This is to ensure that they do not place the babies at risk of infection or expose them to harm after mastectomy and radiation therapy. Also, there are women who naturally make less milk due to hormonal imbalances or certain infections

  • Romance and sex:

For some women and of course their partners, boobs are for sexual satisfaction and breastfeeding gets in the way. So, they would rather find alternative food their baby than pause their pleasure for six to fifteen months. For those who try to go ahead, it is really a struggle.

  • Work/Perceived effect of breastfeeding on appearances:

Maternity leaves is about 3-6 months in Nigeria. Some women have been conditioned to believe that breastfeeding will make their breasts fall faster. And you know the dream of most women is an hourglass body or something that is similar to the models on magazine covers. Those breasts gat to be firm and the belly has to stay flat. But I believe that accepting the “slight” changes which follow bringing a whole new human into the world is something worth doing.

Why every mom should consider an exclusive breastmilk diet for their babies

According to UNICEF, “Breastfed children have at least six times greater chance of survival in the early months than non-breastfed children.  An exclusively breastfed child is fourteen times less likely to die in the first six months than a non-breastfed child, and breastfeeding drastically reduces deaths from acute respiratory infection and diarrhoea, two major child killers.”

It is a scientifically proven fact that breastmilk delivers essential vitamins and nutrients and protects your child against diseases and infections. This is why I think anyone who took the trouble to conceive for nine months, deliver by vaginal contractions or caesarean section would not consider breastfeeding, as too much trouble.

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