Doutzen Kroes spreekt zich uit over borstvoeding mét alleszeggende foto

"Veel vrouwen geven de eerste paar weken na de bevalling geen borstvoeding meer vanwege de pijn, het ongemak en het gebrek aan betaald zwangerschapsverlof."

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Doutzen Kroes laat van zich horen tijdens de Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Het 33-jarige topmodel, moeder van Phyllon Joy Gorré en Myllena Mae Gorré, post een foto op Instagram over het moederschap. Daarmee wil Doutzen vrouwen die moeite hebben met borstvoeding geven een hart onder de riem steken.

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Moeilijkheden voor vrouwen
Doutzen post een oude zwart-wit foto, waarop je haar borstvoeding ziet geven. Bij de afbeelding schrijft ze: "Ik wil stilstaan bij de ernstige uitdagingen die het moeilijk en bijna onmogelijk kunnen maken voor sommige vrouwen om borstvoeding te geven. Dit is het resultaat van gaten in het beleid en een cultuur die vrouwen, het heilige geboorteproces, het moederschap of het vrouwelijk lichaam niet respecteert." Ze schrijft onder meer over vrouwen die te snel na hun bevalling weer moeten werken en baby's die na hun geboorte worden gescheiden van hun moeder.

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This is the beginning of a month long celebration of the joy, the pain, the challenges & the triumphs of breastfeeding. Mother Nature is deeply invested in breastfeeding & we are uniquely designed to feed our young. Breastmilk provides information, not just nutrition- it’s a complex form of communication that is dependent on the endocrine system, the emotional body, the brain and the physical body. _ Besides the wonderful life long bond & deeply rooted connection you establish with your baby, breastfeeding also encourages the uterus to contract back to its normal size. Breastfeeding can burn up to 600 calories daily- so you need to eat & stay well hydrated to maximize production. From breastfeeding alone you may lose a pound of pregnancy weight every week. Breastfeeding is also linked to lower lower incidences of breast cancer later in life. I’d like to honor the serious challenges that can make it difficult & nearly impossible for some women to manage breastfeeding. These are the result of policy gaps & a culture that doesn’t honor women, the sacred birth process, motherhood or women’s bodies. Some of the manifestations include stress and anxiety, challenges at home or work; extended separation of mother & baby at birth; having to go back to work shortly after birth, difficulty latching that results in pain for the mother and frustration for both mother and baby; & low milk production. These issues also exacerbated by existential stress, PPD, dehydration, & poor diet. Engorgement & improper latching are two of the most common hurdles to comfortable breastfeeding. Many women give up breastfeeding after the first few weeks postpartum due to pain, discomfort & no paid maternity leave. Support and community is key. Having healthy models for breastfeeding and advocates can increase breastfeeding success. My friend Latham Tomas and her @mamaglow team will be sharing tips, tools, anecdotal stories & inspiration as we honor the incredible work our bodies do to feed our young. I’m so grateful to have had people like her as an example in my life and we should al share our stories to #normalizebreastfeeding That shouldn’t even be a hashtag!! #worldbreastfeedingweek ♥️

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Ondersteuning van gemeenschap
Ze vervolgt haar verhaal over de mogelijke moeilijkheden die bij borstvoeding komen kijken. "Veel vrouwen geven de eerste paar weken na de bevalling geen borstvoeding meer vanwege de pijn, het ongemak en het gebrek aan betaald zwangerschapsverlof." Het topmodel vindt het daarom erg belangrijk dat vrouwen ondersteuning krijgen van de gemeenschap.

Ondersteuning Candice Swanepoel
Haar collega en vriendin Candice Swanepoel schrijft onder haar post dat ze het perfect verwoord vindt. Ook deelt ze een foto van zichzelf en haar daar drie maanden oude zoon Anacan, terwijl ze borstvoeding geeft.

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Perfectly said@doutzen ・・・ This is the beginning of a month long celebration of the joy, the pain, the challenges & the triumphs of breastfeeding. Mother Nature is deeply invested in breastfeeding & we are uniquely designed to feed our young. Breastmilk provides information, not just nutrition- it’s a complex form of communication that is dependent on the endocrine system, the emotional body, the brain and the physical body. _ Besides the wonderful life long bond & deeply rooted connection you establish with your baby, breastfeeding also encourages the uterus to contract back to its normal size. Breastfeeding can burn up to 600 calories daily- so you need to eat & stay well hydrated to maximize production. From breastfeeding alone you may lose a pound of pregnancy weight every week. Breastfeeding is also linked to lower lower incidences of breast cancer later in life. I’d like to honor the serious challenges that can make it difficult & nearly impossible for some women to manage breastfeeding. These are the result of policy gaps & a culture that doesn’t honor women, the sacred birth process, motherhood or women’s bodies. Some of the manifestations include stress and anxiety, challenges at home or work; extended separation of mother & baby at birth; having to go back to work shortly after birth, difficulty latching that results in pain for the mother and frustration for both mother and baby; & low milk production. These issues also exacerbated by existential stress, PPD, dehydration, & poor diet. Engorgement & improper latching are two of the most common hurdles to comfortable breastfeeding. Many women give up breastfeeding after the first few weeks postpartum due to pain, discomfort & no paid maternity leave. Support and community is key. Having healthy models for breastfeeding and advocates can increase breastfeeding success. #normalizebreastfeeding - this is Anacan 3 months old -

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