Breast or bottle? Purees or baby led weaning?
Millions of mums around the world don’t have the luxury of asking these questions; it’s a daily struggle just to keep their babies alive.
In Niger, Salama struggled to provide enough nutrition for her newborn son.
“Hama suffered from a fever, diarrhoea and vomiting and later he was diagnosed with
malnutrition,” she explained.
Malnutrition levels in the country are very high and this is made worse by not having reliable access to safe, clean water.
Oxfam have now installed a 1000 litre water tank in Salama’s town. This is enough for 3 days’ of birthing and means conditions are sanitary.
“We are completely delighted to get the water system in our health centre,” Salama said. “Before it was here we had to go to the neighbouring village to fetch water for going to the treatment centre. It was difficult.”
I had traumatic births with both my babies and I am very aware that in many countries, where women don’t have access to qualified birth attendants or sanitary conditions, there is a high likelihood I, or my babies would have died.
Through my work as a journalist I have visited countries in Africa and seen first hand the conditions that millions of women face.
A regular donation to Oxfam can really make a difference. £1 a day – the poverty level that many of these women live below – can provide clean water to mums and babies.
It’s not just about providing clean water but also about training women on nutrition and sanitation so they have the knowledge they need.
“My great hope is that my baby recovers,” says Salama, thinking about the future. “Grows, studies, and gets a decent job.”
As mums, we all want the same things for our babies – a happy, healthy life – and your donations can make all the difference.