Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Breastfeeding challenges: Paediatrician urges mothers to seek medical help early

Breastfeeding challenges: Paediatrician urges mothers to seek medical help early

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. Mothers can carry the pump and storage bag to their work place and pump there to keep up their milk supply. "A mother might face problems like, pain while feeding, change in the nipple colour, cracked, sore nipple, Mastitis, Vasospasm, Plug Ducts, tongue or lip tie or cleft palates are some of the significant problems faced by mothers while feeding", Varsha Satyan, counsellor, Lactation Consultant, Member of Medela India LC Club says. Mothers who give birth at Baby-Friendly™ hospitals and birthing centers are more likely to initiate exclusive breastfeeding and are more likely to sustain breastfeeding at six months and one year of age.

However, there is broad consensus among many organizations, from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the World Health Organization to UNICEF, that breastfeeding is optimal for mothers and babies when it is possible.

It prepared educational materials to demonstrate the various health benefits of breastfeeding in the short and long term for both mother and infant and distributed these materials in various health institutions. After childbirth, the little baby and I tried to bond over breastfeeding. The rates in other regions are South East 18%, North East 22%, South South 31%, and North Central 32%. The percentage of exclusively breastfed children in Pakistan has remained static, with just a microscopic increase evident over the last seven years. A six months leave will provide ample opportunity for the practice of exclusive breastfeeding. 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. In Egypt, only 19 per cent of babies born by C-section were breastfed in the first hour after birth, compared to 39 per cent of babies born by natural delivery. It has purgative properties that help to clear the meconium (the greenish stool passed by babies).

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"But these are actually signs that the woman's body has adjusted to the baby's feeding requirement".

Beyond combating marketing of breast milk substitutes, there is need to invest in policies and programmes that support women's breastfeeding. Breastfeeding allows children to fight ear infections, pneumonia, stomach viruses and diarrhea, lymphoma, leukemia, Crohn's disease, asthma, eczema, diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Sustained breastfeeding support, education, and consistent, accurate information will help to meet these goals.

They also viewed that malnutrition is responsible, directly or indirectly, for about one thirds of deaths among children under five years old.

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