World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
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It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.
However I have noticed that many first-time mums who really desire to breastfeed struggle at times with getting breastfeeding right. This often results in many giving up and going for the ?easy option of formula feeding. Why do many mums have challenges breastfeeding? It has to do with the breastfeeding techniques which have to be learnt. I will also address some common questions and comments on breastfeeding from Mums in Part 2 of the post.
When it comes to establishing breastfeeding, there are two important words – POSITION AND ATTACHMENT.
There are different positions to breastfeed as shown in the picture above, However for new mums till you master the act and technicality of breastfeeding, please sit up to breastfeed!
In sitting up, preferably sit on a chair, rest your back and get the baby very close to you for proper attachment. You can elevate your legs by keeping it on a small stool. Be sure you are very relaxed. It is a very important job you are about to do!
Next is making sure the baby is properly attached to the breast. This is step by step diagram of attaching the baby to the breast.
Most complaints of sore nipples, engorged breast, pain when breastfeeding and eventual mastitis or breast abscess have to do with improper attachment of the baby to the breast.
Finally, nothing beat a LIVE DEMONSTRATION. Please if you are not sure you are doing it right, Get a Nurse, Midwife, Experienced Mum, a Doctor and of course your beloved Paediatricians to show you HOW. We are more than willing to help you through this wonderful adventure of breastfeeding your baby right.
The Global Health Media Project has also made videos on breastfeeding techniques.
These videos are available for free to watch online and download. They can be found at the following link http://globalhealthmedia.org/download-page/?dl=breastfeeding_first_hours
Breastfeeding should not be painful. You may feel pain at the onset when your breast is still so engorged but pain should disappear as baby empties the breasts.Painful breasts mostly have to do with the baby sucking or chewing on your nipple; painful for the mother and frustrating for the baby. Additionally, always alternate the breasts between feeds.
You may fill pain in your womb as you breastfeed, that is actually good. It means you are doing it right. The hormone – oxytocin is being released to get your uterus (womb) back in shape.
I hope this helps some mums out there on getting the breastfeeding techniques right.
Should you still need further help or have questions on the subject or any issues pertaining to child health, I will be willing to address them. You can either send them in as comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to reading from you. Join us as we celebrate the World’s Breastfeeding week by supporting and encouraging any breastfeeding Mum near you today