David was a busy lawyer who worked long hours at his firm. He loved his wife, Anna, and their newborn son, Leo, but he often felt overwhelmed by the demands of his job and his family. He wanted to be a good father and husband, but he didn’t know how to balance his responsibilities.
Anna was a stay-at-home mom who devoted her time and energy to taking care of Leo. She breastfed him exclusively, as she believed it was the best for his health and development. She also enjoyed the bonding experience with her baby, but she sometimes felt lonely and exhausted. She wished David could help her more, but she didn’t want to burden him with her problems.
One day, David came home late from work and found Anna crying on the couch. She told him that she had a hard day with Leo, who was fussy and refused to latch on. She said she felt like a failure as a mother and that she didn’t have anyone to talk to. David felt guilty and helpless. He hugged her and apologized for not being there for her. He asked her what he could do to make things better.
Anna told him that she needed his support and encouragement. She said that breastfeeding was not easy and that it required a lot of patience and dedication. She asked him to learn more about breastfeeding and its benefits, so that he could understand what she was going through. She also asked him to help her with some household chores, such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping, so that she could have more time to rest and relax. She also suggested that they could go out for a walk or a date night once in a while, to reconnect as a couple.
David agreed to do everything Anna asked him to do. He started reading books and articles about breastfeeding , and he was amazed by how much he learned. He realized that breastfeeding was not only good for Leo’s physical and mental health , but also for Anna’s well-being . He also learned some tips on how to support Anna while breastfeeding , such as offering her water, snacks, pillows, or massages, praising her efforts, listening to her concerns, or joining her during feeding sessions.
He also began helping Anna more around the house. He cooked dinner every night, cleaned the dishes, did the laundry, and went grocery shopping. He also took care of Leo when he was not feeding, so that Anna could nap or take a shower. He also surprised her with flowers, chocolates, or movie tickets from time to time, to show her how much he appreciated her.
Anna noticed the changes in the husband’s behavior and attitude. She felt more loved and supported by him. She also felt more confident and happy as a mother. She thanked him for being such a wonderful partner and father. She told him that he made breastfeeding easier and more enjoyable for her.
David smiled and kissed her. He told her that he was proud of her and that he loved her more than ever. He said that he learned a lot from breastfeeding and that it made him closer to both Anna and Leo. He said that he was glad that they chose to breastfeed their son, as it was the best decision they ever made.
The theme for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) was “Let’s make breastfeeding and work, work!”. The theme focused on promoting practices that can help support workplace-related breastfeeding in different countries.
The campaign aimed to advocate for essential maternity rights that support breastfeeding, such as maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks, ideally more than 6 months, and workplace accommodations after this point.