Breastfeeding is a natural part of life that women and children have done since the beginning of humanity and mammals have been doing even longer . Right now it seems to me that there has been a lot of attention targeted toward women who breastfeed their child/ren in public on social media and in different conversations so it was the perfect time for the Family Care Office to invite Dr. Newman in for his annual workshop: Breastfeeding 101.
To begin, Dr. Newman laid down the law and told participants their rights as new moms.
Provincially, women are allowed to breastfeed anywhere they want.
Federally, women may breastfeed anywhere they are legally allowed to be.
Canadian law recognizes that children, and especially babies, have to eat when their hungry and state that wherever a woman and her child are a child has a right to eat.
Once we covered those logistics, Dr. Newman showed videos and explained the procedure for new moms and breastfeeding and reiterated that it is a natural, albeit sometimes tricky, process and never to be too discouraged. As a natural process, there should be minimal to no pain, and Dr. Newman encouraged all moms and moms-to-be present at the workshop not to wait if they are experiencing pain and to GET HELP EARLY.
For children and mothers alike the act of breastfeeding is much more complicated than simply feeding the baby, the skin-to-skin contact and the love shared between two individuals is just as good for a young child as are the nutrients being received. For these reasons, Dr. Newman suggests that women and children breast feed from birth to 2 years, or 4 years and if a child is sickly up to 5 years, and reminded all mothers that there is a difference for children between not needing the milk and not needing to breastfeed.
Finally, Dr. Newman encouraged all mothers to breastfeed and visit his clinic if they have any issues. His website is www.breastfeedinginc.ca and on that site there are tutorials and a section for making appointments.
The main takeaway from the workshop: women have been breastfeeding since the dawn of humanity and monkeys, apes, and even the primitive platypus can breastfeed. For the sake of a child, breastfeeding should never be frowned upon and the more knowledge we can share, the better off we will be.