What Have I Not Seen in Casamance!!!!!

NO BOTTLE FED BABIES!  EVERYONE BREASTFEEDS THEIR BABIES!! THEY BREASTFEED IN PUBLIC WITH NO COVERING WHILE CARRYING ON THEIR REGULAR LIVES . THEY LIVE WHAT WE SAY—BREASTFEEDING IS TRULY NATURAL HERE. I think I saw a small can of dry formula behind the counter in the Mini Marche near the light bulbs and batteries…..

Even the 13/15 year old moms are breastfeeding immediately.  New moms who are struggling with breastfeeding are immediately supported and given advice by all the women around them.

There are breastfeeding education posters throughout the prenatal clinic. Keep in mind this poor, rural agrarian setting does not have the economy to support a formula-based feeding style. And clean water, with which to mix the formula, is not readily available, another big issue here. Thank God for breasts!!!!!!!

NO STROLLERS OR FANCEY SLINGS; EVERYONE TIES THEIR BAIES ON THEIR BACK WITH A SIMPLE PIECE OF CLOTH.