Ensuring food security, even in times of crisis
Breastfeeding is a climate-smart decision that helps ensure food security even in times of crisis. Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding is crucial for the health of our planet and its people.
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When I came to the safe space for mothers to breastfeed, baby Mary Rose and I can relax, and I can forget my problems and anxieties. I also learned a lot of things with other moms.
Baby formula is high on the list of supplies that well-meaning people want to donate when an emergency strikes. But large amounts of free formula can have the unintended consequence of discouraging breastfeeding among mothers who could continue to breastfeed with the right support.
In Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh where 650,000 Rohingya refugees take shelter, it is estimated that 10,000 children will be born in just the first three months of 2018. We can save many of them, if we prioritise breastfeeding now, one refugee camp at a time.Consider that.
It is very important to have space for women and children where they can have protection and privacy as well as some normalcy.
After Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013, many mothers told World Vision staff they were too stressed to breastfeed and instead gave their babies water to fill them up and quiet them. Without vital nutritional knowledge, their infants were at risk of malnutrition from diarrhea. These vulnerable moms needed a safe place to get support and education.