Nairobi restaurant manager forced to carry baby after kicking out woman for breastfeeding

A manger of a restaurant who forced out a breastfeeding mum, has been forced to carry the baby he kicked out.

On May 13th, a Kenyan woman exposed a restaurant on social media, claiming they kicked her out for breastfeeding in public.

Betty posted on Facebook’s Buyer Beware, where Kenyans spoke out in anger at the move.

“I’m very disappointed by Olive restaurant embassava stage after humiliating me when breastfeeding my baby. Those Waiter’s should be aware not all babies are covered while being fed,” read a post by the angry woman.

She continued to narrate that it was raining outside thus, she could not breastfeed her baby in the toilet.

“The approach was pathetic, it was raining outside na siwezi nyonyeshea mtoto kwa choo,” she added.

The restaurant continues to be dragged on its social media accounts for taking such a move. Here are comments from annoyed Kenyans.

Elizabeth Gichimu…How you treated that breastfeeding mother was very inhuman. I can’t imagine how many more have been given terrible treatment and did not get to have their voices heard. Sad

Millicent Oketch…Is this the restaurant that kicked a breastfeeding mother out? I’ll make sure to tell all my friends and circle to tell their friends and circle…how can they? We are Africans. So our children should starve or be feed in the toilet? And someone hasn’t closed down that restaurant???

Angela Juliana…I would never go there. Despite the good food, they kick out breastfeeding moms. Or give you the option the feed your baby in the toilet. Bulcrap!!!!

Kenyan women groups took to the streets to protest, and headed over to the restaurant where the manager was forced to carry the child. Here is another photo of the protest at Olive restaurant.

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Woman makes history as she breastfeeds in Parliament!

Breastfeeding in public usually elicits mixed reactions. Some frown upon it while others praise it, because let’s face it – a baby must feed when they should right?

Australian Senator Larissa Waters has become the first politician to breastfeed in the nation’s parliament. Mind you she did this while the house was voting.

The good news is the Senate actually allows breastfeeding, but no MPs in either house had done so. On Facebook she posted “We need more women and parents in Parliament,” “And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable child care, for everyone.”

The subject is a sensitive issue in many parliaments around the world. In 2016, Spanish MP Carolina Bescansa, from the Podemos (We Can) party, was both criticised and commended for by taking her baby into parliament and breastfeeding him.

Question is – will we soon see a woman MP breastfeed in Kenya’s parliament? All we can do is wait.

 

 

Awww! Bride Shares a Heartwarming Photo While BREASTFEEDING Her Baby During Her Wedding Ceremony

A heartwarming photo of a bride breastfeeding her nine-month-old baby girl during her wedding has been shared by thousands on social media.

Christina Torino-Benton, from Montreal, Quebec, married her now-husband Danny Benton on June 18 and decided to breastfeed her baby, Gemma, in the middle of the ceremony.

At the churchit was like 40 degrees, Gemma was hot, she missed her nap and was overall really crabby,’ Mrs Torino-Benton, 30, told Daily Mail.

Simple as that: 'When she started crying I couldn't focus on my wedding. All I was thinking about was taking her and nursing because I knew that was the only solution,' Mrs Torino-Benton told Daily Mail

‘I don’t pump or bottle feed and I’m all about secure attachment parenting. She’s never left to cry so when she started crying I couldn’t focus on my wedding. All I was thinking about was taking her and nursing because I knew that was the only solution.

‘Once I got her in my arms, I was able to calm down and focus. A lot of people think that my feeding her mid-ceremony was a bother but actually it was nice having her up there with us. She is always a joy to have around.’

'I'm about attachment parenting': Christina Torino-Benton, from Montreal, Quebec, married her now husband Danny Benton on June 18 and decided to breastfeed her baby, Gemma, during the ceremony (pictured)

The mother-of-two later shared the snap on a breastfeeding support group she is part of where it received over 7,000 likes.

‘Talk about feeding anytime & anywhere. That moment when you’re getting married and your baby gets hungry. Feeling SO proud of myself! Fighting that good fight!’ She captioned the photo.

'Fighting that good fight': The mother-of-two later shared the snap on a breastfeeding support group she is part of where it received over 7,000 likes

The proud mother said the response has been ‘mixed’ on social media. ‘A lot of people are asking why I didn’t pump and have someone give her a bottle… I just don’t respond well to a pump so I never got into that,’ Mrs Torino-Benton said.

‘Some people are just plain rude. Some people compare breastfeeding to all sorts of ridiculous things and have really weird points of view on the topic.

‘I’m a bit surprised, to be honest. Before I posted this I had never felt negativity or judgement towards breastfeeding at all!’

Spreading her message: 'I think sharing photos like this is important. Things like this do happen. I'm not the first and I won't be the last and hopefully people will be more accepting and understanding,' she said

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Mother’s Instincts: Woman Breastfeeds Her Best Friend’s Adopted Baby After Losing Her Own

Lauren Casper, 31, and Sarah Rieke, 30, from Virginia, did all the things normal best friends do – except one thing.

Three years ago, after losing her own newborn daughter in tragic circumstances, Rieke offered to breastfeed her friend’s newborn adopted daughter, Arsema, with her own milk.

‘I didn’t feel like what I was doing was that special at the time. I had this milk, and she had a baby. And while I was in a time of weeping, and she was in one of rejoicing, we were both able to acknowledge each other’s situations. I actually found breastfeeding Arsema quite therapeutic,’ she said.

Happiness: Ms Casper pictured with Arsema
Ms Casper with Arsema

Back in 2013, Rieke had been expecting her own baby girl, while Casper was about to adopt a little girl.

Both women hoped their daughters would grow up to be best friends as they were, and the pair had already spoken about entering the next stage of motherhood together.

When Evie was born, in November 2012, she only lived for four hours before Rieke had to say goodbye. ‘I was so tearful over my situation,’ she said.

Mothers and daughters: Pictured above - Ms Rieke with little Evie
Ms Rieke with little Evie

A week later, Rieke made what many might consider to be a difficult decision. Because she was still producing breast milk, she decided to offer it to her best friend, Casper, who couldn’t feed little Arsema because she was adopted:

‘Breastfeeding Arsema helped me with my grief. While obviously, there were occasions when I wished I could have been breastfeeding my own daughter, and I did often think that I wished our girls could grow up together, it meant the world to me to do something for a friend who had been there for me throughout my life,’ she says.

Best of friends: Sarah Rieke (left) and Lauren Casper (right) are the best of friends - and when Ms Rieke lost her own child and Ms Casper adopted Arsema (in her arms), Ms Rieke offered to breastfeed her

Casper has now moved away from where Rieke lives, but the two remain firm friends. Rieke believes she does have a special relationship with the now four-year-old Arsema:

Any time we get together, it is wonderful. I have other children now and have since lost another child. It never gets any easier, but on the second occasion, I didn’t have the emotional energy nor the opportunity to offer my breast milk up.’

Beautiful gift: She says that she didn't believe what she was doing at the time was very special: 'I had this milk, and she had a baby', (Arsema pictured)

According to Rieke, breastfeeding Arsema will always be a special memory.

She says: ‘Lauren totally wasn’t expecting me to offer, but I knew she was being genuine when she told me it would mean the world to her if I did. I don’t know whether my breast milk has affected Arsema, but I like to think it helped her in some way.’

Therapeutic: Ms Rieke says that though the pair were going through two very different emotions, she actually found breastfeeding little Arsema (pictured age 4) quite therapeutic
Evie all grown up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Mother’s Love: Woman Refuses To Take Painkillers After A Car Accident So She Could Breastfeed Her Baby

A mother who was rushed to hospital after a serious car crash with her newborn baby refused strong painkillers for more than four hours so she could breastfeed her daughter.

Danni Bett was travelling with two-month-old Indi on the outskirts of New Zealand, when she lost control of her vehicle and smashed into a metal fence, ‘totalling’ the car.

The impact of the terrifying crash left Ms Bett in a neck-brace, but with her motherly instincts still fully intact, saying she just wanted to comfort her baby.

‘All I could say was, “Get my baby out, she’s in the car, get my baby”. I was in so much shock,’ Ms Bett recalled.

Amazingly, Indi slept throughout the crash and only woke when onlookers came to help the pair before paramedics arrived to take both to Hospital.

With the shock of the incident and concern for her child at the top of her initial concerns, it wasn’t until Ms Bett stepped into the ambulance that she noticed a shooting pain down her neck, back and through her hips.

Regardless, she refused strong painkillers for four hours as she underwent X-Rays, ultrasounds, and other tests, just so she could breastfeed her daughter.

Incredible: Danni Bett went without strong painkilling medication for more than four hours after a serious car accident so that she could breastfeed her newborn daughter Indi in hospital

Upon being wheeled back to her room she pleaded with the nurse to let her feed Indi, but it was instead suggested the newborn be fed by bottle. But a determined Ms Bett persisted and was eventually allowed to see her crying daughter, reunited on a hospital stretcher.

‘It was instant relief. I wanted her, I wanted to calm her. After a traumatic day as it is, to give her that (a bottle) would not be right. (Breastfeeding) is the best for her and I had that,’ she said.

A hospital nurse captured the special moment in an amazing photograph, which Ms Bett then shared on Facebook.

She said she hoped the photo would inspire other breastfeeding mothers ‘to feed our babies whenever wherever’, whether in public or a hospital bed. Both mother and child are now doing well.

Inspiration: Ms Bett posted the amazing photo of her breastfeeding her daughter in hospital on Facebook in an effort to inspire other mothers to breastfeed their children whenever or wherever they need

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why women hate breastfeeding?

According to some research published on The Star newspaper, most of the women in urban areas are not keen to breast feed their children exclusively for the required six months minimum before stopping.

They argue that doing so will lead to them having saggy breasts. Surprisingly the same sentiments are shared by the men in their lives.

Research has shown that babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first six months of their lives tend to be healthier.

The women however are more concerned about saggy boobs affecting their appearance and consequently their sex life.

So what should take preference? Is it your appearance or the health of your child?

Listen to the discussion below.

 

 

Kenya has 3rd lowest breastfeeding record in Africa

A report by the Ministry of Health indicates that Kenya has the third lowest breastfeeding record in Africa. The profile has shown that only 32 per cent of mothers are breastfeeding, reducing children’s chances of survival and development.

Speaking in Nairobi during the launch of the National Committee on infant and young child feeding, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri said that nutrition is a fundamental right for children.

Muraguri noted that the health sector should protect breastfeeding by regulating use of breast milk substitutes, for the benefit of both mothers and infants. “There is enough evidence that early initiation coupled with exclusive breast feeding for the first six months is beneficial both for the mothers and infants.” said Muraguri.

He added that early breastfeeding reduces the risks of bleeding after delivery and lowers chances of breast and ovarian cancer to the mother. He urged the members of the committee to help raise awareness and benefits of breastfeeding to mothers.

About 11,000 children die annually due to inadequate breastfeeding with one in every three children chronically malnourished.

 

Mothers stage mass nursing protest after woman to cover up with a napkin while breastfeeding her baby

A group of mothers have staged a mass breastfeed outside a  London hotel after a woman was told to cover up while she was feeding her baby.

The demonstration took place days after Louise Burns complained that she was asked to place a large napkin over her baby’s head in the restaurant as she breastfed.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage became embroiled in the row suggesting mothers could ‘sit in the corner’ in restaurants to avoid offending people – and he insisted it was ‘not too difficult’ to feed a child in a way that was ‘not openly ostentatious’.

 

Butere men beat their children to mothers’ breasts

Men in Butere District have been accused of competing against their children for mothers’ breasts leading to high levels of malnutrition.

This revelation was made at the weekend by a public health officer Oliver Walutila who said mothers in Butere breastfeed their children on only one breast and leave the other one for their husbands.

He blamed the problem on influence by Western cultures, saying it is now affecting the quality of mothers’ milk to children under the age of five years.

“For a child to develop good health, it is supposed to get sufficient milk from the mother for a period of two years. But in a scenario where men are competing with their children to breastfeed, the children end up malnourished” said the public health officer.

Walutila was addressing women groups at Musunguri church, when they received dairy goats from the Kenya Economic Youth Network (KEYNET). He emphasized the need to increase milk production in Butere “so that fathers can leave mothers’ milk to their children”.

He said his office had launched a program to sensitize the public on the need to breastfeed children for the recommended period without interference or competition from their fathers.