It’s World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 to August 7, and Kate Middleton, who recently gave birth to probably the most awaited child of Britain, seems to support the idea as well. The duchess was recently spotted sporting a Blossom Knot Front Lavender Dress from Seraphine, which claims to provide easy access to breastfeeding post childbirth.
While celebrities tend to make a huge impact on the general public, especially considering that now, the dress is on back-order until September, Kate Middleton’s move to consider breastfeeding may finally bring about a positive change in future to-be mom’s, encouraging them to opt for breastfeeding.
The benefits of breastfeeding need no introduction; however, recent statistics clearly point out to a gradual decrease in the number of women actually considering breastfeeding their baby.
One simple theory behind why women often avoid breastfeeding is the mindset that breastfeeding is ‘uncool’ and not sexy. In such an era, Middleton’s decision to nurse can bring about a small revolution in itself.
“What we really need is The Duchess of Cambridge to get her Royal orbs out to feed our future monarch. And to be applauded – not seethed at – for doing so,” Beverly Turner, author of an op-ed for the Telegraph, explained, emphasizing on how Kate’s decision could impact the entire nation, and most importantly, the upcoming generation.
“If we’re seeing our role models and our iconic images positively breastfeeding, that absolutely will have a positive impact on breastfeeding,” Leigh Anne O’connor, La Leche Legue, added.
Another possible reason why women try to shy away from breastfeeding is that it is not schedule dependent. Today, when anything and everything is limited to particular time frames, we may have become used to that, and, as opposed to that, the baby’s needs are not time-oriented.
It is not a mystery that breast milk is the one best naturally immune boosting food for the baby, and to add to the sheen, a recent study from Harvard, revealed how breastfeeding was directly proportional to the baby’s intelligence. A noted increase in the baby’s IQ points was observed when they were breast-fed.
If Middleton does finally admit nursing the new royal baby, she’ll be the next one on the list of celebrity moms who breastfed their babies, along with Hilary Duff, Kelly Preston, Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian and more. “Not only did I feel this amazing bond between he and I, but I know that I was giving him something that nothing else on earth could,” Kelly commented. “Mother’s milk is loaded with so much vital protection that your child will never get anywhere else.”
Work and daily chores could also be another hurdle for moms who actually want to breastfeed their babies. And that’s when family support can help. A helping husband a caring family willing to share in their time can keep the mom motivated to breastfeed.
The ‘Latch-On’ event on Saturday, as a part of breastfeeding awareness, inspired thousands of women to nurse their babies. Public awareness programs, coupled with some celebrity voting for breastfeeding, could make all the difference in promoting mother and child health.