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Do Dirty Moms Equal Unhealthy Babies?

'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
Replies (11-18):
tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Feb. 10, 2013 at 4:55 PM

My understanding is the natural oils and "dirtyness" of the breast is good for baby...

amazzonia
by Bronze Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I'm pretty filthy but my dds are super healthy lol and probably because I don't wash/sanitize my hands every 5 min.... But I guess is up to a limit...I saw rural areas of Egypt and they are pretty extreme, but I don't think the problem is the breastfeeding, the problem is no access to clean water, breast milk "cleans" up the nipple for the baby to drink, if babies are getting sick is because everything else is dirty 

AtiFreeFalls
by Bronze Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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I never wash my breasts. Soap is drying and I have dry skin anyway. No thanks to dried out nipples. First world woman, don't wash my boobs, babies aren't getting sick from my disgusting unwashed nipples. Guess the problem must be something else.
mmtosam06
by Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM
How about he keeps his trap shut since he doesn't birth babies and he focuses on getting the water cleaned
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JoJoBean8
by Group Mod on Feb. 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM

ridiculous 

kfrog13
by Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Ummmm I vote unclean water and MALNUTRITION due to extreme poverty, not dirty breasts!!! Oh my, it's amazing the stupidy of people.

eye rolling

MyIslandGirls
by Bronze Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

If you wash every few days or so as a hygenic habit....then your breasts aren't "Dirty"  Skin is a self cleaning organ... just like the vagina. your skin sweats to cleans itself.  DUH. men can be soo stupid.

FrumpyMama
by Silver Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Considering where he is speaking from it seems like both unsanitary water, living conditions and unclean breasts are all rolled into what is making the babies sick.  If I was to go without washing for say a week, because of where I live, my boobs would probably just become smelly. But living in complete slums, where these moms are wiping bums, stepping over fecal matter in the street and washing with dirty water, it wouldn't matter if they washed daily with those living conditions. He needs to shut up and help improve the lot rather than scold breastfeeding mothers alone.

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