Today we had a very exciting day with the young women at @st.teresascollege. The movie screening was a success as one of our goals were to catch them young, explain the importance of being informed and thereby making informed choices. Many, including students themselves were skeptical of why a breastfeeding documentary in a college setting? How was it relevant?
We hear so many unsuccessful/painful/difficult breastfeeding stories on a daily basis that usually ends with 'I wish I knew this before' 'I wish I had access to this information' 'I wish I had the support system'. And that's exactly how this documentary is relevant in a college setting. We want to spread and imbibe evidence based information in the minds of young women who when it's their time, will not question their ability to breastfeed, but instead will be able to confidently do it and also fight for their reproductive rights.
Also, even though they may not be able to use this information for themselves at this point of time in their lives, they will be able to support and educate other women in their family.
One professor in particular had her own experiences to share too. And it was amazing to see her open up and connect with the students with her stories. In fact, she was the star of the day.
Just as we were about to leave the campus, one of the students approached us and told us that she found this session much more beneficial than random motivational talks as this was information she could pass on to her near and dear. She told us how her cousin sister was continuing to breastfeed her child at 4years old and how the rest of the family shames her for it. She was beaming with pride when she told us that shes happy that now at least she can stand by her cousin and support her.
If we have made at least one person's life a little easier with the work that we do, then we can confidently say, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
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