Before I start today’s write-up, I would like to start by asking why do people throw shades at breast feeding mothers? 💕Why force them to cover a baby’s face while breast feeding? 💕Do you as an adult hide to eat your own meals when you are hungry? 💕Do you eat your food in the toilets?💕 Do people criticise you when you are enjoying that sumptious meal of yours?💕 If your answer is No to all of these so why then do you make it seem like a taboo for the poor child and mother to feed where ever, when ever and however they choose to feed,…if your concern is that the woman is exposing her breast or that it makes you uncomfortable then look away or change position,you are not a tree, you can actually move.😇
Stop discrimination against nursing mothers. Motherhood is a blessing.
Remember last week, I told you all that I was going to talk about paediatric nutrition, so I will start up with additional stuff on breastfeeding before eventually moving on to today’s topic.
💕Exclusively for the first six months
💕Sustained for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding
💕Important for the nutrition, immunologic protection, growth, and development of infants and toddlers.
💕 Supplemental vitamin D
💕 Introducing solid foods too early decreases the duration of exclusive breastfeeding
💕Beyond six months, further delay in introducing complementary foods increases risk of iron deficiency.
💕With exclusive breastfeeding, an infant is fed only breastmilk.
💕 Infants who are exclusively breastfed may still receive vitamin and mineral supplements or medicines, in the form of drops or syrups. solution, if needed (WHO 2008).
💕 breast milk supplies the correct quantity, quality, and absorption of nutrients.
💕Infants digest it easily and efficiently.
💕To support optimal growth, the balance of nutrients in breast milk changes during feedings and over time as the infant matures.
👶In addition to nutrients, breastmilk contains bioactive factors:
💕white blood cells.
😇It also contains factors that:
💕stimulate the maturation of the small intestine
💕 aid with the digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
😇Breastfeeding is associated with:
💕enhanced cognitive development
💕acute otitis media
💕respiratory tract infection
💕sudden infant death syndrome.
So now can someone tell me after all these benefit that comes with breastfeeding how can any one healthy mother ever resist breastfeeding their child.
Reasons why any mother should not breast
feed, which quite understood are these:
💕Galactosemia is one of only a few rare instances when an infant cannot tolerate breastmilk.
💝 There are also very few situations when a mother cannot, or should not, breastfeed:
😵 Has herpes lesions on both breasts
😷 Has untreated infectious TB
😖 Has a severe illness that prevents her from caring for her infant
💊A mother’s use of certain drugs or treatments may require stopping or interrupting breastfeeding .
🐄Mothers should be supported to maintain lactation during a temporary interruption.
😠Can be transmitted during breastfeeding
😕Current recommendations are that breastfeeding should be avoided, even if the HIV-positive mother is receiving antiretroviral therapy.
😥This is consistent with the WHO’s recommendation in countries where suitable breastmilk substitutes are available
💕Rarely transmitted through breastmilk
💕Can be transmitted by exposure to sputum from an infected mother or other caretaker.
💮Can be transmitted from lesions on the breast where they may come into contact with the infant’s mouth
🍥 Hepatitis C:
💕 Not transmitted through breastmilk, but it can be transmitted from cracked and bleeding nipples
💕Although the virus may be found in breastmilk, transmission through breastfeeding has never been reported.
💊Breastfeeding can be safely recommended for these infants.
🌿🍃Natural health products (NHP) and herbal remedies:
💧May contain pharmacologically active substances.
💧 They should be used with caution by breastfeeding mothers.
🍁Women should be cautioned against using illicit drugs, and given support to abstain during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
🌻 Illicit drugs can have harmful effects on breastfed infants and impair the mother’s ability to care for her infant.
💝Maintaining adequate iron is essential to infant growth and cognitive, neurological, motor, and behavioural development.
🌿Iron is a critical nutrient in brain development.
💕Deficiencies during infancy and childhood may have serious and irreversible effects
💝 Most healthy term infants are born with sufficient stores of iron to meet their iron needs until they are about six months old
💖 At about six months of age, iron stores are depleted and breastmilk alone can no longer meet all of the infant’s nutrient requirements.
🐄At this stage, iron-rich foods, such as meat, meat alternatives (e.g., eggs, tofu, and legumes), and iron-fortified infant cereals, are important to help meet the nutrient needs of the rapidly growing infant
🐟🍗While meat and fish are traditional first foods for some, the common practice has been to introduce infant cereal, vegetables, 🍎and fruit 🍓as first complementary foods
However, the daily or frequent consumption of heme iron foods (meat,🍖 poultry, 🍗and fish🍤) can contribute considerably to meeting infant iron requirements (PAHO, 2003).
🍗Infants should be offered iron containing foods two or more times each day. They should be served meat, fish, poultry, or meat alternatives daily.
🍝The amount of food offered should be guided by the infant’s hunger and satiety cues (PAHO, 2003).
🌞Breastfeeding continues to provide the main source of nutrition as other foods are introduced.
💕Iron-rich meat, meat alternatives, and iron-fortified cereal as the first complementary foods and progress to introduce a variety of nutritious foods from the family meals.
🍝Lumpy textures are offered no later than nine months.
🍰 Encourage progress towards a variety of textures, modified from family foods, by one year of age.
🍧Delay introducing cow milk until 9 to 12 months of age.
🌹 Limiting cow milk intake to no more than 750 mL per day.
🍵🍼 Foods for older infants and young children must be prepared, served, and stored safely
🍅 Infants and young children should always be supervised during feeding.
Below is a semi menu to guide you and your little one.
📌 To reduce the risk of iron deficiency cow milk is not recommended for older infants before nine to 12 months of age.
📌Cow milk is low in iron, can displace iron-rich foods, and can inhibit iron absorption.
📌 Use of cow milk as a main milk source for infants younger than six months of age can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and increased occult blood loss in stool
📌Once an older infant is regularly eating a wide variety of iron-rich foods such as meat, meat alternatives, and iron fortified cereals, the introduction of cow milk is not associated with iron deficiency.
However the benefits and types of safe food mensioned,there are equally unsafe foods too.
Thanks for your patience while reading my long write-up, I also believe that it was quite informative and educative to your benefits. You can as well ask your paediatrician for help and guidance.
#breastfeed #nohidingtobreastfeed #dotherightthing #followdoctorsinstructions