Moms and Babies Coffee Meetup: The Myth of Breastfeeding
Mitera hosted its first moms and babies meetup on a beautiful cool morning of last December at Café Confetti in Dubai. This event was co-hosted with Lydia, an IBLCE-certified lactation consultant, to support moms by creating an opportunity to learn about breastfeeding from an expert and meet other moms who are in the same boat.
A total of 17 amazing moms and moms-to-be with various nationalities gathered for this intimate event despite their lack of sleep or discomfort during pregnancy. Three of them joined the event with adorable 5 week-olds!
In the homelike atmosphere, the event started with a warm welcome from our founder Yoko and self-introduction by everyone. First, in an informative talk, Lydia shared some myths and facts about breastfeeding which brought out really interesting questions from the attendance. Yoko also shared her stories of delivery, breastfeeding, motherhood, and knowledge gained when she was working as a global health specialist at places like the World Bank and Clinton Foundation.
One of the most interesting part of our talk was hearing about the myths of breastfeeding and baby care in different countries around the world like Italy, Germany, and Japan! Yoko and Lydia also mentioned that healthcare workers including doctors and nurses often get very little education and training about lactation (around 2 hours) and are therefore inept in supporting moms to implement the best practice in breastfeeding - 6 months exclusive breastfeeding and breastfeeding up to 2 years and beyond (what is widely accepted and recommended by the WHO).
They both stressed the importance of seeking and having access to the right information about lactation other than their friends, mothers, and doctors and the right support system.
Thanks to our motivated moms who want to be the best moms to their babies, the event was very interactive and engaging. We were also happy to see that many of them stayed after the event and made new friends. In Dubai where many moms are expats living away from family and friends in their home countries, having support from a community of fellow moms is especially important.
We at Mitera so enjoyed meeting those fabulous moms and to be able to create the opportunity for them to connect. We can’t wait to meet more moms in the next event!
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