This week’s National Breastfeeding Month theme is: Breastfeeding saves lives in an emergency.
There are many questions regarding child feeding during natural emergencies, such as a hurricane or the current COVID-19 pandemic. Is it safe to breastfeed? What happens when moms are separated from their children? Can changes in a breastfeeding mother’s diet during a natural emergency affect the nutritional content of their breast milk?
To help us answer some of these questions, this week, we spoke with Angeliz Rivera- a registered nurse and breastfeeding mother of a 10-month-old baby. She cares for patients in the prenatal clinic at the University District Hospital (UDH) in Puerto Rico’s Medical Center.
Check out our interview below!
How was your experience helping mothers and infants during the hurricane in Puerto Rico?
What do you think are the biggest challenges for mothers and their infants during a natural emergency, such as a hurricane or a global pandemic like COVID-19, in terms of breastfeeding?
Do you think breastfeeding can have a positive impact on the environment?
3 tips on how we all can help raise awareness about the importance of breast milk in daily life.
- Separate breastfeeding from parenting status
- Change our line of questioning
- Build self-confidence and empowerment