Together with thousands of other blogs, BabyNursingBlog is participating in the Blog Action Day 2008. This year’s goal is to raise awareness and generate discussion on poverty, so that’s exactly what we’ll do.
Poverty is a huge concern in our own country as well as the world. As the economy continues to be in a horrible state right now, more and more people are being faced with the concerns of poverty.
How can nursing your baby help? First of all, think about how much money you save by nursing YOUR baby. Imagine if everyone with an infant nursed their babies. How much many people could have more money to pay bills if they weren’t buying formula? The government and other organizations have programs set up to help low income families pay for formula. What could they make that money for instead? How about food for the rest of the family? Help with heating bills? Help with a mortgage or rent?
Baby formula is a $20 million year industry in this country alone. $20 million! How many of those babies actually need to be on the formula? Probably not many at all. For argument’s sake, let’s say that half of those sales are not necessary so that’s $10 million in sales that is wasted money. What on earth could we do we $10 million dollars? It seems like used the right way, $10 million could go a long way in helping to fight poverty. It seems simple enough. If everyone who is wasting money on formula nursed their babies, they would have a lot more money in their pockets. Now, if they took even part of that money and donated it to help fight poverty, we are talking about millions of dollars each year. That money could help set up education funds to help people in poverty get a better career, it could be used to help feed all the hungry people in the world, help put a roof over a family’s head. The list goes on and on.
Maybe it’s time we ask the government why they aren’t doing more. Why not push women harder to nurse their babies? Encourage everyone to do the right thing. Help put an end to poverty.