Mexico Hosts Festival To Tackle Social Stigma
Mothers in Mexico celebrated the UN’s World Breastfeeding Week on Saturday by attending a festival to promote maternal milk amidst a social stigma that has seen mom’s turn increasingly to formula.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), some 7 million children under the age of five die from preventable causes. But such mortality rates could be halved with early breastfeeding.
But the social stigma of public breastfeeding and the busy lifestyles of working mothers have seen many families turn to formula milk. These Mexican mums want to make a statement that breast milk is best.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative for Mexico, Pressia Arifin, said “It is important that these children receive breast milk from their mothers. It is not just a question of health because breast milk contains ingredients that protect children against illnesses as also importantly to secure good health for the child, including in the prevention of obesity.”
Mother Carmen Pina said “I know many mothers who say that formula milk is easier and fills up the baby. That is not true, we are mammals and part of our instinct is to feed our babies.”
According to the United Nations, breastfed children have at least six times greater chance of survival in the early months than a non-breastfed child.