Doutzen Kroes breekt een lans voor borstvoeding
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Het Nederlandse topmodel Doutzen Kroes, zelf moeder van twee, heeft op Instagram een post gedeeld ter gelegenheid van 'Breastfeeding awareness month'. Ze wil vrouwen die het niet makkelijk hebben om borstvoeding te geven, om welke reden dan ook, een hart onder de riem steken en kreeg meteen bijval van haar Victoria's Secret-collega Candice Swanepoel.

Kroes is zelf mama van Phyllon Joy (7) en Myllena Mae (4) en duidelijk een groot voorstander van het geven van borstvoeding. Augustus is Breastfeeding awareness month en dus wijdde het Nederlandse model er een bericht op Instagram aan, samen met een zwart-witfoto waarop ze borstvoeding geeft. Daarin neemt ze het onder meer op voor vrouwen die soms niet in staat zijn om borstvoeding te geven.

'Ik wil graag even stilstaan bij de ernstige uitdagingen die het moeilijk en bijna onmogelijk kunnen maken voor sommige vrouwen om borstvoeding te geven', klinkt het. 'Dit is het resultaat van gaten in het beleid en een cultuur die vrouwen, het heilige geboorteproces, het moederschap of het vrouwelijk lichaam niet respecteert.' Daarbij verwijst ze onder meer naar vrouwen die te snel weer aan het werk moeten na de bevalling en het feit dat sommige baby's na hun geboorte van hun moeder worden gescheiden.

'Veel vrouwen geven de eerste paar weken na de bevalling geen borstvoeding meer vanwege de pijn, het ongemak en geen betaald zwangerschapsverlof. Daarom zijn ondersteuning en de gemeenschap die je omringt van cruciaal belang', besluit ze.

Kroes kon ook rekenen op steun voor haar collega Candice Swanepoel, die de tekst van Kroes deelde met de woorden 'Perfect gezegd', en een foto van zichzelf en haar zoon Anacan tijdens een borstvoedingsmoment.

 

This is the beginning of a month long celebration of the joy, the pain, the challenges & the triumphs of breastfeeding. Mother Nature is deeply invested in breastfeeding & we are uniquely designed to feed our young. Breastmilk provides information, not just nutrition- it’s a complex form of communication that is dependent on the endocrine system, the emotional body, the brain and the physical body. _ Besides the wonderful life long bond & deeply rooted connection you establish with your baby, breastfeeding also encourages the uterus to contract back to its normal size. Breastfeeding can burn up to 600 calories daily- so you need to eat & stay well hydrated to maximize production. From breastfeeding alone you may lose a pound of pregnancy weight every week. Breastfeeding is also linked to lower lower incidences of breast cancer later in life. I’d like to honor the serious challenges that can make it difficult & nearly impossible for some women to manage breastfeeding. These are the result of policy gaps & a culture that doesn’t honor women, the sacred birth process, motherhood or women’s bodies. Some of the manifestations include stress and anxiety, challenges at home or work; extended separation of mother & baby at birth; having to go back to work shortly after birth, difficulty latching that results in pain for the mother and frustration for both mother and baby; & low milk production. These issues also exacerbated by existential stress, PPD, dehydration, & poor diet. Engorgement & improper latching are two of the most common hurdles to comfortable breastfeeding. Many women give up breastfeeding after the first few weeks postpartum due to pain, discomfort & no paid maternity leave. Support and community is key. Having healthy models for breastfeeding and advocates can increase breastfeeding success. My friend Latham Tomas and her @mamaglow team will be sharing tips, tools, anecdotal stories & inspiration as we honor the incredible work our bodies do to feed our young. I’m so grateful to have had people like her as an example in my life and we should al share our stories to #normalizebreastfeeding That shouldn’t even be a hashtag!! #worldbreastfeedingweek ♥?

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Perfectly said@doutzen ··· This is the beginning of a month long celebration of the joy, the pain, the challenges & the triumphs of breastfeeding. Mother Nature is deeply invested in breastfeeding & we are uniquely designed to feed our young. Breastmilk provides information, not just nutrition- it’s a complex form of communication that is dependent on the endocrine system, the emotional body, the brain and the physical body. _ Besides the wonderful life long bond & deeply rooted connection you establish with your baby, breastfeeding also encourages the uterus to contract back to its normal size. Breastfeeding can burn up to 600 calories daily- so you need to eat & stay well hydrated to maximize production. From breastfeeding alone you may lose a pound of pregnancy weight every week. Breastfeeding is also linked to lower lower incidences of breast cancer later in life. I’d like to honor the serious challenges that can make it difficult & nearly impossible for some women to manage breastfeeding. These are the result of policy gaps & a culture that doesn’t honor women, the sacred birth process, motherhood or women’s bodies. Some of the manifestations include stress and anxiety, challenges at home or work; extended separation of mother & baby at birth; having to go back to work shortly after birth, difficulty latching that results in pain for the mother and frustration for both mother and baby; & low milk production. These issues also exacerbated by existential stress, PPD, dehydration, & poor diet. Engorgement & improper latching are two of the most common hurdles to comfortable breastfeeding. Many women give up breastfeeding after the first few weeks postpartum due to pain, discomfort & no paid maternity leave. Support and community is key. Having healthy models for breastfeeding and advocates can increase breastfeeding success. #normalizebreastfeeding - this is Anacan 3 months old -

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