Oh yeah almost forgot I'm a vegetarian. I don't even eat tuna.
If issue is not about breastfeeding support, or lack there of. The issue is that the government is stepping in and telling women what they HAVE to do with their bodies. That is not support. If the situation were different, if there was legislation being passed telling women that could only breastfeeding for six months, this whole site would be up in arms about it.
I don't get the connection here? I know the case, but I don't understand what you're trying to say.
placing a value on mothering means (to me) respecting a woman's choices. Actually, it means respecting both parents choices (if there are two parents). Telling a woman what to do with her body does not place any value on the woman as a person.
I was attempting to reply to the now edited comment about a country that "jails rape victims." Obviously that is a travesty of justice, but we have our own travesties as well....
I see many women feel very strongly about the law and the idea that the government wants to "dictate" to us what to do. While I fully agree that it's not up to anyone to tell us what to do with our bodies, I also want to point to the good side of this new "law". They are trying to make breastfeeding "the norm", "the expected", "the required" for the healthy upbringing for the baby. Many women talked about OUR right as women to choose to breastfeed or not. What the government may be trying to do, in my opinion, is pointing to people that our CHILDREN may have rights too! So the child HAS THE RIGHT to be healthy, smart, happy and breastfeeding can help the child achieve those!! We, as mothers want the very best for our children. So this law is ON OUR SIDE when it encourages families to breastfeed for 2 years! It helps us meet child's needs in a better way! As simple as that!
I heard of many stories where a mother wants to breastfeed (or continue breastfeeding past infancy) but her husband and family tell her that she should stop because "there is no value in breast milk" or because "it takes too much time and she can not meet the needs of the family like cooking/cleaning/arranging house because of breastfeeding". And the mother stops breastfeeding due to all the pressure around her! And then the mother loses the beautiful bond with the baby while baby starts receiving a far worse nutrition from artificial powdered milk, may develop allergies and health problems for life and gets sick way more often than before.... Isn't it sad? It happens all the time! So if the law to be implemented, the "well meaning" family members and friends will not be so pushy anymore on the mother to tell her to stop breastfeeding!!! They will know it's not right to do so! Instead they will support the mother because they know breastfeeding until 2 is what the mother is expected to do!
Besides, breastfeeding until the age of 2 is good not only for the baby. It's also very good for the mother! It can actually save our life!!! The research says that if we breastfeed longer than 2 years then the risk of breast cancer later in life will be reduced 4 times for us!! Breastfeeding for longer also means less risk of cardiovascular problems, diabetes, osteoporosis and many other serious health problems! Maybe it's not so bad that someone pushes us to do the very best for ourselves?
I think this law has a lot of possible positive outcomes but it still needs a lot of work to offer strategies that can HELP mothers achieve 2 year of breastfeeding! It's not fair to tell all the women "you have to breastfeed for 2 years" without providing means to actually achieve it. Maybe it would have been much wiser first to issue laws like "Every hospital MUST offer pregnant women a free 4-8 hour detailed course in the native language of the mother on the importance of breastfeeding and techniques to establish full milk supply as well as overcoming common difficulties" or maybe "Every mother has the right to receive free home/hospital visits from an experienced lactation consultant whenever she needs help with breastfeeding", or maybe the government can at least fund constant education courses for all the medical professionals in the country who work with women to offer information and help to breastfeeding mothers for free! Breastfeeding is often challenging, but it's the best for babies and mothers, we know that. If government wants to raise a happier and healthier generation of kids through breastfeeding, then it first needs to help us, mothers, to learn how we can succeed in it!
Just thought I'd share the statement of La Leche League UAE that was shared with me. I am looking for an online source to confirm it. If anyone has a link to the press release please provide it.
La Leche League UAE : Press Release
Response to FNC Child Protection Law with clause on Breastfeeding.
While we applaud the sentiments behind the new Child Protection Law passed by the U.A.E's Federal National Council and understand that the aim of the clause referring to breastfeeding is to give every child the right to be breastfed, the exact wording and how this law is to be implemented and to whom it applies is at this time still unclear and thus hard to comment in detail upon.
We imagine that this law may be extremely difficult to implement at the current time given a lack of support and information on breastfeeding available to mothers here in the UAE. There are several other important measures that would have a more positive impact on breastfeeding rates and duration.
Unless these three key issues are addressed at a high level and supported by policies, legislation and training, there is little chance that the law would succeed in raising breastfeeding rates.
Other measures that could benefit the health of the nation include running a comprehensive public information campaign on the risks of artificial formula for babies and the risks of not breastfeeding on maternal health and the development of a network of community support clinics and peer counsellors to assist women in reaching their breastfeeding goals.
26 January 2014
La Leche League is an international non-profit voluntary organisation offering mother-to-mother information and support for breastfeeding.http://www.llli.org/uae.html
Thanks, Cynthia. Apparently it has not yet gone into effect and could be subject to change, and the exact wording isn't known.
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