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Do Dirty Moms Equal Unhealthy Babies?

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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'Dirty' Breastfeeding Moms Make Babies Sick, Says Stupidest Politician Ever

Posted by Kiri Blakeley

Just picture something for a moment. Imagine President Obama saying that babies get diarrhea because mothers don't wash their breasts. Can you imagine the outrage that would ensue? Well, that just happened. Not Obama, thankfully, he'd never say something like that! And surely if he did, Michelle would wallop him. But the prime minister of Egypt reportedly said on TV that babies in rural areas who get sick and have issues like diarrhea get it because their "ignorant" mothers have dirty breasts. Yes, this guy actually runs a country.

The prime minister, Hisham Kandil, was talking about rural areas of Egypt that have a high rate of infant sickness. The people live in poverty without clean running water. So perhaps there is something to be said for unclean water causing infant diarrhea -- especially if the mom is drinking it. But instead of discussing this, he reportedly said that mothers are "too ignorant to know how to clean their breasts before breastfeeding."

Well, honestly, if the water is unclean, how would they clean their breasts properly anyway? Not to mention that breastfeeding seems like the most proper way to prevent diarrhea rather than giving babies any kind of formula -- not that this would necessarily be available in these regions -- which might be mixed with bad water.

So why not blame it on the water? Why not blame it on the lack of resources -- rather than blaming it on "ignorant" moms and their "dirty" breasts? Why not blame it on a country with extremely poor areas where the people have no social safety net and no education rather than blaming it on moms -- and implying they're just unwashed idiots? Surely if they could do better or knew how to do better, they would.

Sounds like another out of touch politician who has no idea what women -- especially poor women -- have to do to get their babies fed.

Do you think unclean breasts can lead to sick babies?

by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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peaches_04
by Platinum Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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To an extent. If there is bacteria on the breast yeah the baby could get sick from it but i think there are so many other factors causing the sickness. Even if theres a chance they could get sick The benefits of the breast milk are more beneficial the possibility of exposure
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Mrs.Salz
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

o.0

greenlvnanna
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM

umm, I can't imagine boobs get all that dirty, not like hands do at least!  This guy is probably just a woman hater. 

kailu1835
by Bronze Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Um, unless there is poop on the boob, which I highly doubt, then no.  Since we're talking about Egypt, we're talking Muslims most likely, and as I understand it, they are very particular about washing.

Eliots_momma
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

 Nipples have a disinfectant quality to them.

So would it be better to bf w dirty boobs or formula feed with dirty water  and unclean bottles?

VintageWife
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Hahahaha!

catholicmamamia
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:29 AM

 surprised


                
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VintageWife
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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 laughing

Quoting catholicmamamia:

 surprised

 

tansyflower
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

this.  bm kills bacteria and viruses.

Quoting Eliots_momma:

 Nipples have a disinfectant quality to them.

So would it be better to bf w dirty boobs or formula feed with dirty water  and unclean bottles?


MyIslandGirls
by Bronze Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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dirty breasts don't make babies sick.. unsanitary water.. makes babies sick.  They are being bathed in it, the food the family eats is cooked in it. the clothes they wear is washed in it... THAT is what makes them sick... not "dirty breasts"

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