12 August 2008

When breast is best!

Paveethida stores her milk in the breast milk bags. It can be kept in the freezer for 3 months.© UNICEF Thailand/2008/Athit Perawongmetha

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on August 12, 2008)

LAMPOON, Thailand -  Like most children her age, four-year-old Donut Wanmuang usually eats snacks after school. But unlike other children, her favorite snack is not meatballs, pork satays or fried potatoes – it is breast milk, fresh from her mother’s breast.

Donut has been breastfeeding since the day she was born. For the first six months of life, it was the only form of nourishment she had.  Today, in addition to eating a variety of other foods, she still regularly breastfeeds along with her one-year-old sister, Noonthip.