World Breastfeeding Week is from 1st – 7th August and Botswana is on the map with a pledge to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding isn’t always an easy journey and it’s definitely not the easy option but the benefits to both mother and baby are well documented. At SensoBaby, we often hear from parents who have struggled or who feel let down in terms of support. So we are seeing what we can do for our community.
Warm Chain of Support
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action have created the ‘Warm Chain of Support’ ( https://waba.org.my/warm-chain/ ) where stakeholders can check their role and see how they can increase support in their workplace, families and communities.
Ask an Expert
Peggie Anne Savage, Baobab Baby is a qualified Doula and Breastfeeding Counsellor so SensoBaby asked her some questions to find out more about World Breastfeeding Week.
Why do we need a breastfeeding week and what is it all about?
World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to the health and welfare of babies and benefits to maternal health, focusing on good nutrition, poverty reduction, and food security.
Each year WBW has a different theme and this year the theme is ‘Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support’ ( https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/ )
This week is helpful as it can show people what support they can get in their area for breastfeeding and also can educate new parents on the benefits of breastfeeding.
What are some of the barriers to breastfeeding in Botswana?
In Botswana, we face a lack of support and education.
The formula industry is a big influence on society and stands in the way of good support. Formula can often feel like an easy answer but isn’t always. The right education and support about breastfeeding can make all the difference in a parent’s feeding journey.
How can you support your breastfeeding family and friends?
If a friend or family member is breastfeeding, you can support them by bringing a healthy, hearty meal; offering to do some house chores; picking up essential items from the shops; looking after other children, and being an ear to listen.
Want to get involved?
Here are some of the ways you can get involved:
An essential guide for new or expectant parents. Learn the basics, be prepared and feel confident and supported on your breastfeeding journey. Spaces are limited so please get in touch with SensoBaby to book your space!
Cuppa Love Coffee Morning
SensoBaby’s monthly coffee morning is back on Friday 5th August. We have a breastfeeding theme but all parents are welcome to chat and support each other.
Princess Marina Breastfeeding Café
If you have some spare time, we are looking for volunteers to support the breastfeeding café for mothers whose babies are in the Neonatal Unit. A friendly ear, encouragement and the ability to make a decent cup of tea are all required. The project is also looking for donations to keep it stocked with essentials.
If you are breastfeeding or have breastfed in the past, share a picture on social media! Share our information posts and show your support. We want to normalize breastfeeding and show solidarity.