One thing that initially surprised me about motherhood was how much time, energy and care is required to feed my baby. I know this might sound naïve, but before James, I had no idea what a big deal it was to keep a little one fed. Minutes after I gave birth, a nurse placed James in my arms and told me that he was hungry. This great responsibility, which my body had managed on autopilot while he was in my womb, was now my main job as his mama. Whether you breastfeed, bottle-feed or go straight to formula, the first responsibility of being a mommy is clearly that of Chief FEEDer.
I look back on my first day of feeding with somewhat foggy, albeit blissful memory. Every few hours around the clock, a nurse would help me clumsily try to breastfeed him. At first this felt awkward and even painful. But as time went on and we went home and settled into a routine, I found myself bouncing out of bed in the middle of the night, excited to see him and give him sustenance that only I could give. This responsibility that had once felt daunting and overwhelming quickly became a great privilege and a treasured, peaceful bonding moment for the two of us.
In becoming a mama, I’ve joined a club of sorts—everyone wants to talk about nurturing their babies. There is such maternal (and paternal) pride in putting baby peacefully to bed each night with a full belly. Watching James grow and wake-up to the world more and more everyday of the past five months has been the most miraculous experience of my life. When I think of the hours and care that have gone into feeding him as he continues to blossom as a healthy baby boy, my job at FEED comes into a new light. It breaks my heart even more now to think of the moms I have met around the world and here in America, who are unable to provide for their children the way they want to, and the way their babies need for physical and mental health and development.
The simple fact is that 1 in 6—roughly 100 million—children globally are underfed and underweight. The fact that so many innocent little lives are not able to receive something as basic as the food and nutrition they need is extremely upsetting. Add to that, millions of moms around the world so desperately want the very best for their children that they will often sacrifice their own needs on their behalves. This is a fundamental problem that we as fellow humans, and perhaps even more as fellow moms, cannot ignore. This Mother’s Day, let’s come together to make sure no mother struggles to provide for her baby. You can start by learning more about how FEED is helping moms.