Mahtab Keramati asked mothers not to deprive their babies of their milk for any reason
On the occasion of the World Breastfeeding Week in August, Mahtab Keramati, actress and UNICEF Iran Goodwill Ambassador, paid a visit to Mahdiyeh hospital in Tehran organized by UNICEF Iran office, Ministry of Health and Shahid Beheshti Medical Sciences university. During her visit, she had a friendly chat with mothers who had recently delivered babies on the importance of breastfeeding.
Mahdiyeh hospital is one of the most equipped women and babies state hospitals. It is also a baby- friendly hospital in which mothers receive training on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding.
Mahtab started her visit from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where newborns with the weight less than one kilo and five hundred grams are kept. These babies who are the size of a doll have mainly respiratory disorders. Their respiratory status is controlled by some equipments until they reach a normal condition and come back to their mothers’ arms.
Mahtab was impressed by visiting this section and said: “Since I have worked with UNICEF, I have been in touch with many children. But today I am really impressed by visiting 550 grams babies and seeing how difficult it is to take care of them. And I am delighted to imagine these babies will be grown-ups one day. It has been proven that skin-to-skin contact for mothers and babies even for a couple of minutes per day improves babies ‘development. It is also really interesting to know that breast milk for the premature babies is produced completely based on their nutritional needs. This proves that breastfeeding is the best possible nutrition for premature babies.”
She added: “it is really good to have a special room for mothers to rest in this hospital, they can visit their babies in the intensive care unit several times to touch them and breastfeed them.
During her visit, Mahtab Keramati also met with mothers who had just delivered their babies and were breastfeeding them. She had a friendly chat with them emphasizing on the necessity of supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies. These young mothers happily welcomed Mahtab and talked to her about their deliveries and breastfeeding. The mothers emphasized on the importance of being supported by their spouses and hospital staff to encourage them to breastfeed their babies.
Visiting this section, UNICEF Iran Goodwill Ambassador said: “I really enjoyed visiting mothers who were passionately breastfeeding their babies.” One of the mothers who had recently delivered her baby in this section told her that because of not breastfeeding her first child for some reasons, her child got allergies, so she is trying to breastfeed her second child for sure.
This is really good that such issues are promoted in the society. But it is really important that the spouses, families and medical staff help mothers to create a supportive environment and prevent them from being worried or stressed while breastfeeding.
Referring to the condition of society and mothers for taking care of their babies, Keramati said: “unfortunately natural delivery is fading away in our society. As a result of this, breastfeeding and early skin-to-skin contact for babies and mothers will be more difficult for mothers. On the other hand, breastfeeding is being forgotten among working mothers and those mothers who care about their fitness more than the health of their babies. At the same time the marketing of breastmilk substitutes is promoted. Research shows that breastfeeding helps mothers lose weight and return to their previous weight very fast.
And let’s not forget that breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for mothers and babies and the cheapest kind of nutrition in the world.
“The start would be always beautiful. Today once again I believed in the miracle of God seeing lots of love and care here and I got a lot of energy.” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at the end of the visit.