Ben Affleck comes to mind when you think of really good looking Hollywood dads who are involved with their kids and have a happy marriage with their wife. Hard to think of many that fit that description, but Ben "he's so mind-blowingly sexy and shows off all his talents in The Town" Affleck does.
And it just so happens that this man who gets better with age has your best interests in mind ... or really, your child's. Heck, the children of the world. OH YES! Ben is THAT special. THAT involved. He's a part of this initiative to make sure all kids across the globe make it to their 5th birthday. And he wants moms to breastfeed more.
Affleck and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hobnobbed together last week at Child Survival Call to Action, a conference to do something to end child mortality hosted by the good ol' U.S. of A., Ethiopia, India, and UNICEF. Ben himself called the rates of children dying before reaching age 5 "abhorrent" and "unacceptable" and one of the initiatives he is behind is increasing breastfeeding rates, along with better healthcare for children and vaccines, particularly in nations where disease is rampant and claiming far too many lives.
Affleck has even founded an organization called the Eastern Congo Initiative, which helps the communities there -- educating and empowering -- to reduce the child death rates. Yep. He's a dad. He cares. He uses the power of his celebrity for good. How NOT scandalous. Which is why we don't hear about things like this with all the bells and whistles a tidbit on Snooki may get. Or Lindsay Lohan. But it's why I like it all the more.
Ben's wife Jennifer Garner and mama to three kids is a huge breastfeeding advocate, so I love how he's trying to help all kids all over the world get a good start, a real start in life in some of these places -- particularly in nations that do not have access to clean water. How can they even make formula there?!. That's when and where we need good breastfeeding support and education. This isn't formula versus breast milk -- in fact Jennifer herself has said how moms should support each other and not tear each other down, and how we're all doing the best we can. This really is all about doing the best we can for others. Helping them. And Ben wants to help. Ben IS helping.
Now if he starts hosting La Leche League type of meetings, I'll definitely be there. And that might get more headlines, too. Oh Ben! You are such a great man, great dad ... and great child advocate. Kudos!
What do you think of Ben's efforts? Should celebrities speak out more on these important issues? Don't you think MORE media outlets should share the good work of celebs and not just the gossip?
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