On Jan. 2 Washington Times reports that the UAE has written into law that all mothers are required by law to breastfeed their babies until the age of twos part of the Child Rights Act. If for some reason they are unable, they will be provided with a wet nurse that can breastfeed for them.
Officials claim that the reason that it has now become mandatory is to help the bond between mother and child, and because of all the nutritional benefits that breastfeeding offers. Counsel members also feel it's the right of the child to be breastfed. The only issue that they foresee in the issue that it is the right of the husband to sue their wives if they don't comply with the law.
As any mother knows, there are many reasons that breastfeeding isn't a viable option for a baby. Breastfeeding advocates say they don't support the law. While they are pleased that the UAE government wants to support breastfeeding, putting the pressure of punishment under law on a new mother can only worsen the problem and make it more difficult to breastfeed. It's not something that can be done on demand.
What do you feel about this new law on breastfeeding? Do you think it should be made a law or that men can sue over it? Weigh in below in the comment section.