All posts tagged: UAE

Breastfeeding in Public

You are sitting in a cafe enjoying a cup of coffee when suddenly you overheard someone asking a mother to breastfeed her child somewhere else because that person thinks its inappropriate and disgusting. What would you do? Sian from our UAE breastfeeding group posted the following videos conducted by abcnews.com on how customers in a cafe reacted to the situation. Breastfeeding an infant in public. Breastfeeding a toddler in public. I am very happy that UAE is a breastfeeding friendly country. I have breastfed Vierte when he was a toddler and now Chloe who is 11 months, in public with and without a cover and I haven’t had a bad experience. Some malls and establishments here have dedicated baby rooms where a mom can breastfeed her baby. On the Breastfeeding Q&A UAE Facebook group, the most common question asked for new expat families is whether they can breastfeed in public. Here’s an excerpt from Sian’s article on breastfeeding in public. The great news is that both Islam and UAE society are in favor of breastfeeding …

Breastfeeding Week 2012

Chloe and I just came home for our first Mama meeting at City Hospital and we also celebrated UAE’s breastfeeding week with all the Mums & Bubs.     It was nice to see Sameera & some Nurses who was a great help to us during our stay at City Hospital. I will be forever grateful for the care and support (especially for breastfeeding) they gave us during and after our stay.     All Mum’s who managed to exclusively breastfeed their babies till 6 months was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation & The Golden Bow.   I didn’t know that there is an official symbol for breastfeeding which is the Golden Bow, read more about it here.   If you’re wondering whether mothers can breastfeed in public places here in UAE, the answer is YES! “Islam promotes and protects the right of a baby to breastmilk” I breastfeed Chloe everywhere (cafe, restaurant, grocery, & mall) with a feeding cover and sometimes just using a burp cloth or shawl. If you do want to feed …

20th World Breastfeeding Week

  August marks breastfeeding month. Aug 1-7 is 20th World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) with the theme “Understanding the Past – Planning the Future: Celebrating 10 years of WHO/UNICEF’s Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.”     UAE on the other hand celebrates WBW in November each year as decided by the Ministry of Health. I don’t have any information of any activities happening on November just yet, I will surely write about it once I get some information. What I can share with you is the wonderful helpful and supportive group here in UAE – Breastfeeding Q&A Dubai UAE. “A non-profit Dubai base support group to help mothers to breastfeed through mother to mother support. The admin are volunteers trained in breastfeeding management and support.” If you are in the UAE and would like to know more about breastfeeding and want to have a support group away from home click on the link above. Plenty of moms will be available to answer your questions or just listen to your worries.   To end this post I’m sharing …