The Breastfeeding Blogs – Stories from Kenya

Lydia

To Lydia, feeding time is about more than just sustenance for the body. When she breastfeeds, she likes to repeat encouragements to her son, Aman, like, “You have to eat baby, so you can grow big and strong.”

“Raise your children to be strong, healthy and good members of society.”

Lydia believes that to be a good mom, you must love your kids, your situation and yourself.

When her second child, Aman, was born, Lydia deferred her schooling to stay home with him. Instead of doing schoolwork, she became devoted to learning how to best care for her children. “I knew nothing about how to take care of my babies,” she said. By attending a nearby mothers’ support group, Lydia learned about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for a baby’s health and bond with their mother.

To Lydia, feeding time is about more than just sustenance for the body. When she breastfeeds, she likes to repeat encouragements to Aman like, “You have to eat baby, so you can grow big and strong.”

Breastfeeding isn’t only about providing mother’s milk. It creates a bond between mom and baby and transfers nourishment, warmth, comfort and security to their little one.

At 7 months old, Aman is now being introduced to other foods and Lydia has started back at school. “I have to study hard to get good grades to have a good job to take care of my babies,” she says.

Lydia drops Aman off to her mother’s house before heading off to class at her college nearby. Her daughter is in school and her husband is away during the day looking for employment.

But her job as a mother is far from over. Lydia still spends all her free time bonding with her children and learning how to best address their needs. She is amazed by how many questions her four-year-old daughter asks and how quickly her seven-month-old son learns things.

“I just love them, and I am a proud mom.”