WBW is a huge global celebration of women’s freedom to choose to breastfeed and be supported to continue for as long as we would like. It’s also more than this. It’s about our human rights, our health, the health of our babies, and our futures!
It brings together sisters from all over the world to show their support for each other. And where you see it and when you’re a part of it, it’s wonderful. Yet sadly we still are seeing negative stories in the media, a lack of interest from many influential women in our societies and huge marketing ploys by very rich companies (many who have women working within them) in order to jeopardise our human rights, our reproductive health, our education and incite violence against us. To divide us as mothers.
Division is everywhere when it comes to parenting, but when it comes to breastfeeding it seems to get the worst reputation from not only the money grabbing companies who sell parents ‘the dream’ at a cost, but also from health professionals with a lack of experience and knowledge, to the mothers who have been hurt by these companies through no fault of their own. It’s time we, as mothers took some personal responsibility for what we are allowing to happen.
It’s time we put a stop to allowing the jeopardising of our sisterhood. Our motherhood. This time is precious for us. It lasts for as long as we live. Would you really want to see the mother next to you in the shopping centre suffer? Or the one at the baby group, or your children’s school? The one in the street, and the one who marries your sibling? The answer I hope is NO! But many are. In silence.