'Dirty' Breastfeeding Moms Make Babies Sick, Says Stupidest Politician Ever

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Just picture something for a moment. Imagine President Obama saying that babies get diarrhea because mothers don't wash their breasts. Can you imagine the outrage that would ensue? Well, that just happened. Not Obama, thankfully, he'd never say something like that! And surely if he did, Michelle would wallop him. But the prime minister of Egypt reportedly said on TV that babies in rural areas who get sick and have issues like diarrhea get it because their "ignorant" mothers have dirty breasts. Yes, this guy actually runs a country.

The prime minister, Hisham Kandil, was talking about rural areas of Egypt that have a high rate of infant sickness. The people live in poverty without clean running water. So perhaps there is something to be said for unclean water causing infant diarrhea -- especially if the mom is drinking it. But instead of discussing this, he reportedly said that mothers are "too ignorant to know how to clean their breasts before breastfeeding."

Well, honestly, if the water is unclean, how would they clean their breasts properly anyway? Not to mention that breastfeeding seems like the most proper way to prevent diarrhea rather than giving babies any kind of formula -- not that this would necessarily be available in these regions -- which might be mixed with bad water.

So why not blame it on the water? Why not blame it on the lack of resources -- rather than blaming it on "ignorant" moms and their "dirty" breasts? Why not blame it on a country with extremely poor areas where the people have no social safety net and no education rather than blaming it on moms -- and implying they're just unwashed idiots? Surely if they could do better or knew how to do better, they would.

Sounds like another out of touch politician who has no idea what women -- especially poor women -- have to do to get their babies fed.

Do you think unclean breasts can lead to sick babies?


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SuzyB... SuzyBarno

Um no. Unless she has mud on her breasts that was made with the unclean water. Seriously, how many of us moms went days without showering in the early days and our babies are fine.

nonmember avatar Bii

What is truly stupid is that you think that a well educated knowledgable man who was discussing the problems of rural Egypt is just making this up. Personal hygiene is a problem in these areas. It goes without saying that bacteria on a women's breasts will be ingested by the feeding baby. And no we aren't speaking about women who have not taken a shower for a couple of days.

Blues... Blueshark77

Unreal. What a stupid, ignorant a-hole.

MsRkg MsRkg

Actually he has a point. Remember this is Egypt not America, most rural areas out there do not have access to even basic clean running water. This is not like here where if you miss a shower for a day or two, it's all good because you can at least wash your hands and face in the bathroom before touching the baby. These are women who don't have access to showers for days and maybe weeks on end,  and can't wash their hands after using the bathroom, they are handling animals and pulling food out of the ground without being able to properly sanitize, etc,  then whey they are handling baby and breast in those kind of situations it absolutely is possible to transfer bacteria onto the skin which gets into the baby via breastfeeding. You pick up a pacifier off the dirty floor and stick it in you child's mouth without washing it and they are most likely to get sick, that is the analogy I can think of. Look at the bigger picture and not just the statement.

the4m... the4mutts

Why do most of yall think this is an ignorant man? Ever stop to think that rural egyptian germs are different than typical american "havent showered for a few days" germs? Im willing to bet that if the water is dirty, then so are a LOT of other things. Like hands, clothing, breasts sticky with milk...

tuffy... tuffymama

There are plenty of well-funded studies that dispute what this MB puppet is saying.

Gages... Gages_Mommy32

Yes the conditions are terrible and I'm sure babies get sick because their mothers are unable to clean themselves properly. But by this man blaming it on the women being 'ignorant,' he is relieving himself of any responsibility to make any sort of change to improve things.

This is incredibly sad. You think you've got it bad when you haven't slept for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time and haven't had time for a shower and the baby is screaming his head off. Definitely makes you appreciate the things you are lucky enough to have!

monke... monkeymom1104

He has valid points, but shame on him for saying them in such a horrible manner. Many of these women do the best they can with what they are given. Better hygiene I'm sure would cut down on the number of illnesses, if they access to clean water and soap.

nonmember avatar eileen

The dirtier the environment, the more important it is that babies are breastfed. A mother's milk will provide the child with macrophages, immune factors and antibodies to protect the child against pathogens in that infants environment

nonmember avatar Andi

Where do I start? This guy is beyond ignorant and his misogynistic religion is enough proof. He should educate himself before opening his mouth. Breast milk has antimicrobial properties. But, hey, why confuse such a rocket scientist with the facts. And our government is sending American money to fund this guys regime? Not sure who is more stupid.

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