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How Feeding My Child Influenced My Work Of Feeding People Around The World

Every time you ‘like’ and share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per social action), up to $350,000, via the Global Moms Relay, to help improve the health and well-being of families worldwide in support of [email protected], Girl Up, Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Nothing But Nets. More below!

One thing that initially surprised me about motherhood was how much time, energy and care is required to feed my baby. I know this might sound naïve, but before James, I had no idea what a big deal it was to keep a little one fed. Minutes after I gave birth, a nurse placed James in my arms and told me that he was hungry. This great responsibility, which my body had managed on autopilot while he was in my womb, was now my main job as his mama. Whether you breastfeed, bottle-feed or go straight to formula, the first responsibility of being a mommy is clearly that of Chief FEEDer.

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I look back on my first day of feeding with somewhat foggy, albeit blissful memory. Every few hours around the clock, a nurse would help me clumsily try to breastfeed him. At first this felt awkward and even painful. But as time went on and we went home and settled into a routine, I found myself bouncing out of bed in the middle of the night, excited to see him and give him sustenance that only I could give. This responsibility that had once felt daunting and overwhelming quickly became a great privilege and a treasured, peaceful bonding moment for the 2 of us.

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In becoming a mama, I’ve joined a club of sorts — everyone wants to talk about nurturing their babies. There is such maternal (and paternal) pride in putting baby peacefully to bed each night with a full belly. Watching James grow and wake-up to the world more and more everyday of the past 6 months has been the most miraculous experience of my life. When I think of the hours and care that have gone into feeding him as he continues to blossom as a healthy baby boy, my job at FEED comes into a new light. It breaks my heart even more now to think of the moms I have met around the world and here in America, who are unable to provide for their children the way they want to, and the way their babies need for physical and mental health and development.

When I think of the hours and care that have gone into feeding him as he continues to blossom as a healthy baby boy, my job at FEED comes into a new light.

The simple fact is that 1 in 6 — roughly 100 million — children globally are underfed and underweight. The fact that so many innocent little lives are not able to receive something as basic as the food and nutrition they need is extremely upsetting. Add to that, millions of moms around the world so desperately want the very best for their children that they will often sacrifice their own needs on their children’s behalves. This is a fundamental problem that we as fellow humans, and perhaps even more as fellow moms, cannot ignore. In this season between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, let’s come together to make sure no caretaker struggles to provide for his or her baby. You can start by learning more about how FEED is helping moms.

See more at: www.feedprojects.com and www.unicefusa.org.

Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and CEO of FEED, a social business whose mission is to “Create good products that help FEED the world.”

You share, they give: Each time you ‘like’ or share this post via the social media icons on this post, or comment below, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action) up to $350,000 to [email protected]Girl Up, Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Nothing But Nets.

The Global Moms Relay was created by the United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson with support from BabyCenter, Global Citizen, Fatherly and Charity Miles, to  help  improve the lives of families around the globe. Share this post with the hashtags #GlobalMom and #JNJ, and visit GlobalMomsRelay.org to learn more.

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