Feeding children cow’s milk before their first birthday remains a health problem worldwide, but mothers in Kosovo cling to this practice for tradition’s sake despite its dangers.
For doctors and mothers alike, breastfeeding sits in a precarious position between institutional negligence and societal prejudice, remaining one of the lowest-funded health issues in Kosovo.
A charitable bike tour around Kosovo will gather funds for a local NGO to purchase equipment for the maternity ward in Gjakova.
In Kosovo, the more dreadful the experience of giving birth, the more heroic the mother. But we should stop normalizing traumatic experiences. Instead we must demand better treatment.