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A breastfeeding mother has had an emotional encounter with two orangutans at Melbourne Zoo.

Elizabeth was at the zoo on Sunday with her family, celebrating her three-year-old daughter's birthday.

Her 13-week-old son Eli was hungry so she walked around the corner to breastfeed him in private.

That is when two orangutans came over to watch.

"I went around the corner to be a bit private and I was breast feeding and this orangutan locked eyes with me and came over to check out what was going on," she told 774 ABC Melbourne.

"It started off with just one, then another one came over who seemed to be a bit older and shooed this one off for a little while.

I felt so proud and I felt she was proud of me and … I don't know. It was just amazing.
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"And she [the older one] came over and gave me a bit of a nod."

Elizabeth said she felt the nod was significant because she had been unable to breastfeed her first child.

"It was absolutely amazing," she said.

"I felt so proud and I felt she was proud of me and … I don't know. It was just amazing."

Other zoo patrons saw what was going on, and a crowd gathered as the encounter continued.

"They were all just in awe of what was going on," Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth's mother took a photo which was shared on Facebook.

Her baby has red hair and Elizabeth said she thought maybe the orangutan thought she was nursing a baby orangutan.

After the encounter Elizabeth and her family joined up to be members of Melbourne Zoo.
Breastfeeding mother 'amazed' by orangutans' reaction during Melbourne Zoo visit - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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UN Agencies Urge More Support, Funds for Breastfeeding
August 02, 2017 : The World Health Organization and the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) recommend that mothers breastfeed within the first hour after giving birth and continue until their children reach age 2, with supplemental food as they grow older. Yet no country in the world meets these standards or provides enough support for breastfeeding mothers, according to a report the agencies released Tuesday.
"Breast milk works like a baby's first vaccine, protecting infants from potentially deadly diseases and giving them all the nourishment they need to survive and thrive," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said in a press release. Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, posed this question on UNICEF's website: "What if governments had a proven, cost-effective way to save babies' lives, reduce rates of malnutrition, support children's health, increase educational attainment and grow productivity?"

Lake provided the answer: "They do: It's called breastfeeding. And it is one of the best investments nations can make in the lives and futures of their youngest members — and in the long-term strength of their societies."[ According to the Global Breastfeeding Initiative, a partnership of 20 international agencies whose goal is to increase investment in breastfeeding worldwide under the leadership of UNICEF and WHO, breastfeeding can bolster brain development, which in turn can lead to a smarter, more productive work force.

Mothers feed their babies in Paris, Oct. 11, 2008, during a worldwide breastfeeding event.

Furthermore, breastfeeding saves mothers' and babies' lives. In the first six months of life, it helps prevent diarrhea and pneumonia, two major causes of infant death. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer, two leading causes of death among women. The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, wants to see at least 50 percent of the world's children under 6 months of age exclusively breastfed by 2025. Reaching that target will require an investment of an additional $5.7 billion, or just $4.70 per newborn, for such things as improving breastfeeding practices in maternity facilities and improving access to lactation counseling — and it could generate $300 billion in economic gains across lower- and middle-income countries by 2025 and save 520,000 children's lives in the next 10 years, according to a World Bank study.

Because nursing mothers need support from their families and communities, and governments worldwide need to implement policies such as paid maternity leave and nursing breaks, the U.N. agencies declared August 1-7 World Breastfeeding Week.

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Study Suggests Moms Who Breast-feed Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease Later
June 21, 2017 - A new study suggests a link between breast-feeding and a lowered risk of heart disease in older women.
The research by Chinese investigators found that women who breast-fed may have lowered their risk of heart disease or stroke by an average of 10 percent when they became older. Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Peking University and the University of Oxford analyzed data on 289,573 women whose average age was 51. They found that those who breast-fed had a 9 percent lower risk of heart disease and an 8 percent decreased risk of stroke, compared with women who had never nursed. The benefit was even greater for women who breast-fed their babies for two years or more. Their heart disease risk was 18 percent lower and the risk of stroke 17 percent less.

Jessica Ewald breast-feeds her 5-month-old son, Bennett, at her home in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Each additional month of breast-feeding was associated with a 4 percent and 3 percent lower risk of heart disease and stroke, respectively, researchers said. The findings of the study, the first to look at the long-term health benefits of breast-feeding for women, were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Hormone's possible role

Cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, who was not involved in the study, said the cardiovascular benefits could have been related to the release of oxytocin during breast-feeding. "Oxytocin is a hormone that helps the flexibility of our blood vessels," she said. "And flexible blood vessels are resistant to the buildup of plaque or cholesterol in the walls of the arteries." Breast-feeding provides a number of benefits, such as conferring a mother's immune protection to her infant and protecting a newborn from life-threatening infections in countries with poor water quality.

There are short-term benefits for mothers, too. Studies indicate that breast-feeding appears to reset the woman's metabolism after pregnancy, so she loses baby weight faster, while lowering her cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels. Goldberg, medical director at the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health in New York, said it was possible that women in the study who breast-fed, and saw heart healthy benefits, might have also led healthier lifestyles compared with other women.

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UNICEF: Mother’s Milk Best For Newborn Babies
August 01, 2016 — The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns that 77 million babies deprived of mother’s milk within the first crucial hours after birth are at great risk of dying within a month. To mark World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 to 7), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) are calling for newborns to be breastfed exclusively for six months.
UNICEF says newborns should be breastfed within the first hour of life. This provides them with the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protects them from disease and death. UNICEF reports the longer breastfeeding is delayed, the higher the risk of death in the first month of life. It warns delaying breastfeeding by 24 or more hours after birth increases that risk to 80 percent. On the other hand, it notes more than 800,000 lives would be saved if all babies were fed nothing but mother’s milk from the moment they were born until six months of age.

Women breastfeed babies during a mass event in Athens

Unfortunately, the World Health Organization says this message is slow in getting through. WHO spokeswoman, Fadela Chaib, said new mothers are not receiving the support and encouragement they need to breast feed their babies. “The slogan this year is breastfeed anywhere, any time because it is also, as I said, the role of society to make this possible for mothers who want to breast feed. This being said, yes, it is an old problem. We have always been advocating for more breastfeeding because we are convinced of the benefit of breastfeeding. It is really the ideal food for infants,” said Chaib. For example, she said, breastfeeding protects children against many common illnesses. Breastfed children perform better on intelligence tests, are less likely to be overweight or obese and less prone to diabetes later in life.

Chaib told VOA that inappropriate marketing of infant formula continues to undermine efforts to get women to breastfeed their babies. “We are not against them producing this kind of milk. What we are against is the fact that they promote it as if it is the same value that the milk of the mother. It is a lie. It is not the same,” said Chaib. Progress in getting more newborns breastfed within the first hour of life has been slow over the past 15 years. Surveys show in sub-Saharan Africa, where under-five mortality rates are the highest in the world, early breastfeeding rates have remained unchanged.


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Breastfeeding doesn't cost anything, so the UN doesn't need more money to support this free activity.
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Breastfeeding doesn't cost anything, so the UN doesn't need more money to support this free activity.
I just hope Monsanto does not stick its butt into this as well.
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