This is just my small way in spreading breastfeeding awareness. Today is the beginning of the World Breastfeeding Week. Breastmilk is the best form of food for babies up to 2 years and beyond.
Here in Vietnam, I honestly don’t hear any noise on the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. Actually, there really isn’t any promotion on breastfeeding at all. Except for the National Institute of Nutrition website that I came across.
In fact, I have seen a few local schools here wherein formula companies sponsor the painting of the school buildings. So, yes you’d see the logo of the company as well as the formula products they sell.
I’m glad though that Crescent Mall has picked up on putting a breastfeeding room. So, I’m pretty positive that soon, Vietnam will catch up in making the cities more baby-friendly.
I am proud to say that my office though there isn’t a mommy room, encourages breastfeeding. A colleague pumps regularly at work and she is given enough time to do so.
That actually was my problem before accepting my current job. Am still breastfeeding my youngest (15 months now) and good thing my son is good with our cluster feeding schedule.
Back in the Philippines, I was lucky enough to join a company who supported breastfeeding. So it was not a problem if I’d suddenly go AWOL during the day to pump milk.
And do you know in Vietnam, the maternity leave is for 6 months! This gives working moms time to fully breastfeed their children for the whole 6 months which is what is actually recommended by the World Health Organization.
For breastfeeding accessories here in Saigon, my go to shop would be Belli Blossom. Belli Blossom sells, breastpumps, nursing covers, nursing bras, baby carriers, and nursing wear. Read more on their products here.
Oh and on the news — new mom, Kate Middleton is breastfeeding Prince George.
Happy Breastfeeding Week to all the tireless moms who tries their all to give the very best food for their babies!
Pakistan Demographic Health Survey states only 23% people in Pakistan practice exclusive breastfeeding up to the age of six months. The data shows that Pakistan is still following one of the lowest exclusive breastfeeding practices in the world.