My littlest turned one-year-old last month in March, and yay for a breastfeeding milestone! March also marked the start of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic here in the U.S. While I would have been content starting along the weaning phase of breastfeeding, because let’s face it, finding time to pump while working fulltime, the nightly wakings to nurse for comfort, and the endless pump parts to wash and sanitize, is exhausting. But I enjoy the bond, and when anything hurts him or scares him or he just needs some affection, nursing does the trick. Now, more than ever, breastfeeding’s role of immunity protection is also at the forefront of reasons to breastfeed. And for this, I will continue to breastfeed as long as necessary to keep my baby healthy and comforted.
What are some of the benefits of breastfeeding through natural emergencies and disasters? These can be weather-related, like blizzards and hurricanes, or it can be health-related such as during flu season or, like now, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How can you safely nurse during natural emergencies?
My baby and I have been on our breastfeeding journey for a year and counting, and for as long as this pandemic is prominent (and for as long as we want thereafter!), I will continue to protect him by breastfeeding. If you are in a position to continue breastfeeding or delay weaning until after the pandemic subsides, I would encourage you to do so. And in the meantime, stay inside, stay healthy, and remember to wash your hands often!