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What Would Lactopia Look Like?
Let your imagination go wild! What would the world look like if breastfeeding was ultimately supported?
- Every mother has breastfeeding education during pregnancy
- Pregnant women are encouraged to breastfeed by their friends and family and are offered positive stories
- All health care workers mention breastfeeding in a positive light
- Every maternity shop promotes breastfeeding bras, tops and night gowns
- All new mothers chose to breastfeed and plan on it for at least a year
- Every hospital makes skin-to-skin care the norm after vaginal and cesarean deliveries
- Rooming-in is standard in all hospitals
- Formula and pacifiers are not available in hospitals except for true medical need
- Visitors are limited in hospitals to “immediate family” only
- Every mother has erect nipples that are easy for latch
- Every mother’s milk comes-in in 24-48 hours
- No breastfeeding mother has sore nipples
- Mothers are able to breastfeed around the clock as long as their baby requests that and are not tired the next day
- Engorgement is mild and viewed as a good sign that the milk “is-in”
- Breastfeeding mothers do no need a support group because everyone is supportive
- All mothers have an abundant milk supply
- No mother ever leaks, especially when she is in the company of strangers or co-workers
- Slings and carriers replace “baby buckets”
- Most employers have day care facilities in-house and encourage mothers to feed 2-3 times per day
- Other employers offer private breast pumping facilities
- Every store, restaurant, office, airport and airplane the breastfeeding mother visits, encourages her to stop, relax and feed her baby
- All babies gain weight at an appropriate rate (WHO standards)
- Everyone who encounters the breastfeeding mother says “You are still breastfeeding, aren’t you?”
- Formula manufacturers are in danger of going out of business
- There is a rainbow over every breastfeeding mother’s residence
And all babies get the benefit of breastfeeding for at least a year
What would you see in Lactopia?