Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Breast-feeding tips for new moms

Breastfeeding challenges: Paediatrician urges mothers to seek medical help early Breastfeeding Rate over 50% in Haryana
Anna Jefferson | 09 August, 2018, 08:27

However, there are several other barriers to breastfeeding children including ignorance of benefits of breastfeeding, improper advice from friends and family leading to supplement breast milk with formula, lack of support for working mothers from employers in providing environment conducive for breastfeeding, and lack of trained health workers who can guide new mothers about the right techniques of breastfeeding.

She further said that breast milk was vital because it acts as the baby's first vaccine, thereby boosting immunity for newborn babies.

Ambode, in a statement on Tuesday to commemorate the occasion of this year's World Breast-feeding Week, held annually in the first week of August, said the benefits of breast milk to the infant were too profound to be ignored, as it was an important foundation for a baby's life, capable of determining whether the baby would live or otherwise. Picture shows a health-care worker storing donated breast milk at the milk bank of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Guatemala City. There are also a number of unfortunate myths that deter women from breastfeeding. In India, despite breastfeeding being a traditionally accepted practice, Only 55 percent babies receive regular breastfeeding for 6 months.

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The report urges governments, donors and other decision-makers to adopt strong legal measures to restrict the marketing of infant formula and other breastmilk substitutes but emphasise exclusive breastfeeding. One of the steps to successful exclusive breastfeeding includes allowing mothers and infants remain together 24 hours a day. Breast milk is packed with nourishment to ensure a baby's good health and survival. This is especially important as most establishments in Nigeria do not make any provisions for crèches where breastfeeding mothers can bring their babies so that the babies are close enough for the mothers to take breastfeeding breaks and breastfeed their infants. It has purgative properties that help to clear the meconium (the greenish stool passed by babies). This is based on a report from UNICEF and WHO.

Otuneye said that low milk supply by nursing mothers could put a baby at risk for malnutrition, saying that it was necessary to seek medical help early. World Health Organization and UNICEF have created a Network for Global Monitoring and Support for Implementation of the International Code (NetCode) with the objective of strengthening capacity for Code monitoring, adherence and implementation.

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for children until they are six months old and continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary feedings until children are two, for optimal growth and development. In our community our ancestors have been breastfeeding till the child is 4-5 years also, even now in tribal community they do follow this.

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