Women across the globe have taken to social media to share pictures of themselves nursing their babies, in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week
The initiative is celebrated every year during the first week of August, to promote the importance of breastfeeding.
This year, the World Health Organisation worked with UNICEF to raise awareness about “family friendly policies” that will benefit moms.
“This includes enacting paid maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks… Mothers also need access to a parent friendly workplace to protect and support their ability to continue breastfeeding upon return to work by having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breastmilk; and affordable childcare,” WHO said on its website.
Some of Mzansi’s biggest stars are doing their bit to help normalise breastfeeding, and educating moms about the benefits
New mom Denise Zimba shared an intimate picture of herself breastfeeding Leah Lilli-Rose on Twitter with a sweet caption.
“My Purpose |My Leah,” she captioned the snap.
My Purpose |My Leah 🌹 pic.twitter.com/5OOhdhAt5o
— Denise Zimba (@MissDeniseZimba) August 6, 2019
Another mom showing her support for breastfeeding week is Nkateko ‘Takkies’ Maswanganye.
She still breastfeeds her 19-month-old daughter Sana Dinwiddy and she is proud of it.
While Takkies admits it has been challenging at time, she loves the benefits.
“Despite all the kicks, slaps, scratches, bites and the continuous pokes nothing compares to the bonding experience. It also seems to help [Sana] with her immunity so she’s rarely sick. And in the rare moments that she’s upset, it’s comforting for her. Some days are more challenging than others and it’s definitely not always easy,” she wrote on Instagram.
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I can’t believe that I’m still breast feeding almost 19 months later and I’m still loving it. Why? Because despite all the kicks, slaps, scratches, bites and the continuous pokes nothing compares to the bonding experience. It also seems to help @sanadinwiddy with her immunity so she’s rarely sick. And in the rare moments that she’s upset, it’s comforting for her. Some days are more challenging than others and it’s definitely not always easy. The entertaining part is that Sana is at an age where she is trying to talk and now she tells me to sit down so she can get closer to her milk🤣 Even worse is she now tries to whip out my milk machines in public and latches right there and then. I read the other day that South Africa is not breast feeding friendly enough. What do you guys think???? #worldbreastfeedingweek #breastfeeding #breastisbest #momlife #breastfeedingmom #breastmilk #normalizebreastfeeding #sanadinwiddy
Reality star Lexi Van also took to Instagram to share a video of her son Thingo suckling her breast.
“Breastfeeding is such a special bond. I love connecting with Thingo and it means the world to me that I’m able to breastfeed,” she wrote.
Lexi has been sharing her parenting experience on social media since giving birth a few months ago.
She revealed that expressing milk was a challenge and asked her followers for tips.
“I expressed for the first time, yep, it was painful, but I was so excited. It was only 60ml but it helped the same night when baby wouldn’t sleep… Any tips, preferably all natural, on how I could produce MORE milk, my boobs are full but baby could finish them between feeds. Thanks. What a journey?!” she wrote.
Her followers united to give her some helpful tips on what she could do.