Another Enemy of Breastfeeding

Women everywhere can face obstacles to breastfeeding. In conflict zones, it can be near impossible.
Many young mothers have lost their mothers and grandmothers, losing critical sources of knowledge. Stress factors in, too. “When you are living in a stressful environment, you are not going to produce breast milk,” says Jane Hancock, an MSF nurse at Khamir, Yemen’s Al Salam Hospital.

Then there’s water scarcity. Women should drink about 2 quarts of water daily to keep up their supply. But a Khamir mother reported taking just a few sips a day for herself—hardly enough to produce sufficient milk for her 6-month-old baby.
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