When we think of how breastfeeding saves lives, we often think of instances where a baby is highly allergic to formula, or has other special needs.
We rarely think about emergency situations, but in these cases, breastfeeding becomes even more important.
For one thing, in times of natural disaster, water supplies are often dangerously polluted. This makes it difficult to obtain clean water to mix up formula.
I read this news report this morning about how moms breastfeeding their babies saved not only the moms and babies, but perhaps other people too.
“… when terrorists stormed the Cama and Albless Hospitals last Wednesday.
“The terrorists were violently banging the locked iron grills and even the slightest noise by the babies could have alerted the terrorists,” said Dr Archana Garud, chief medical officer, who was on duty that night. “The ayah suggested that all mothers breastfeed their babies to hush them up.”
Garud said this brainwave saved the lives of patients as well as hospital staff.
Wow. Another testament to the power of mom’s milk.