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Each year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action promotes World Breast Feeding Week from August 1-7. The 2023 theme is Enabling breastfeeding: making a difference for working parents. While there are benefits for breastfeeding, not all HG survivors are able to breastfeed. Learn more about breastfeeding across the globe from the World Health Organization (WHO). Any conversation about breastfeeding includes the benefits of breastfeeding. The conversation must also acknowledge health and other factors in a mother’s ability or decision to breastfeed. “Breastfeeding is not an option for every mother. Women who have struggled with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), who are facing malnutrition, trauma, and other complications may have greater difficulty successfully breastfeeding or may decide to nourish their baby with formula. Whether or not to breastfeed can be a complex, personal choice. In the end, the best choice for you is the one that ensures the well-being of you and your child.” Learn more about breastfeeding across the globe from the World Health Organization (WHO).
HG is hyperemesis gravidarum: a potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease that may cause malnutrition, dehydration, and debility due to severe nausea and vomiting, and may cause long-term health issues for mom and baby.