War Is the Enemy of Breastfeeding

August 7, 2019

(NPR) – The neonatal unit of Al Salam in the war-torn country is seeing an increasing number of malnourished infants, and providers say that mothers are reporting that they cannot breastfeed their babies. Studies on breastfeeding in a conflict zone are scarce, but a few suggest that war and violence are tremendous obstacles to a mother’s ability to breastfeed her baby. In war-torn countries, there are lots of reasons why mothers don’t breastfeed their infants. Often, the grandmothers and aunties who would have passed on the wisdom and skills of breastfeeding are absent or distracted by war.