20 August 2020

"Armenian caring" and breastfeeding | Live Broadcast

Through live broadcasts on UNICEF social platforms, together with different professionals we try to help you to quickly overcome, with ease, the possible physical and psychological problems in this new situation, and not let them disrupt your normal life. The next topic is breastfeeding. We present several observations of the specialist, which the…, Breastfeeding and the postpartum depression, After nine months of pregnancy and giving birth, breastfeeding is a new challenge, especially for the first time mother. We also know that not in every woman’s case will the process start and go on smoothly, without any complications. Many women also have postpartum depression; which among the primary causes are social environment factors such as…, "Armenian" caring, I want to bring a few examples that are very typical for our society. Sometimes, due to loving the mother very much, wanting to take care of her, or sometimes not trusting her, the women from older generations around the inexperienced mother can often take the child from the mother's arms. It may seem simple and innocent, but if it becomes a habit…, When everyone is a teacher ..., Unnecessary advice is another obstacle for inexperienced mothers. Regardless of the mother's level of awareness, many women become anxious after giving birth, which is explained by an increased sense of responsibility. Especially first-time mothers and those whose children have delays in growth and development, or the baby was born prematurely.…, COVID-19: The new reality, -In addition to mothers navigating seemingly regular circumstances mentioned above, the COVID-19 epidemic has been added - a new cause of anxiety, fears and doubts. Many mothers today are wondering if it is possible to feed their baby if they become infected with COVID-19. In this case, too, the imaginary opinions and advice should be ignored, and…, Note the positive, There is one good thing, though, in all of this. Following the rules and restrictions taken to prevent the epidemic, people visit each other much less today. It can be used by women who have just given birth: fewer guests, less advice, reprimands and criticism. If, however, the mother feels pressure, she must understand one thing: she and the…, What should the dad do ...?, The role of husband and father is very important. It should be noted that women who help mothers often demean the role of fathers and seem to push them out of the process of caring for their children. Meanwhile, the men play an equally important role in the development of the breastfeeding process. When we say “to support the mother,” we first…, Three conditions:, If you love your child, you should take care of yourself, your health, and your feelings. It is not right to sacrifice in order to prove something, to do something you do not want, at the same time depriving yourself of the need of having some privacy with your child at a specific moment. You are not alone, you have a team, and your team is your…, You can read this article in Armenian and watch the live recording here . , This article is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development ( USAID ). The contents are the responsibility of authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government
10 August 2020

Breastfeeding and COVID-19 | Live Broadcast

Can breastfeeding be continued if the mother and/or the baby are infected with COVID-19?, - The WHO position has initially encouraged mother and child to be together, regardless of infection. From the first hours of life, the child should receive the best food, if there are no objective reasons to prevent it. This approach is explained as follows: the risks of quitting breastfeeding are much more serious and undesirable than the…, What is exclusive breastfeeding?, - The word EXCLUSIVE says it all. Breast milk fully meets almost all the needs of the organism, growth and development of a baby until 6 months. Why almost? Because there is an exception, the amount of vitamin D in breast milk is not enough for the baby. This is why the child receives vitamin D in the form of drops - 400-500 units per day,…, How to understand if the quantity of breast milk is enough for the needs of the baby? What if the child stays hungry?, - Is your breast milk enough for your baby? The answer to this question is very easy to acquire. Follow the diapers. Having at least six full diapers a day indicates that your baby is getting enough food. Night feedings are essential to ensure uninterrupted milk production during the day. At least every 2-3 hours during the night the baby should…, Can breastfeeding technique affect milk quantity?, - The first few days of a child's life are critical. If the mother is not properly educated from the beginning on how to feed the baby (position, frequency, longitude, etc.) it is likely that the mother will not be able to organize the breastfeeding process in the future. The role of staff in maternity wards is very important, as the pediatrician…, What are the contraindications of breastfeeding?, - This list of contraindications below is not exhaustive: ● HIV ● Some medications taken by the mother: ergotamines, statins, chemotherapy ● Herpes on the breast/nipple skin ● Child galactosemia ● Hepatitis C if there are cracks/bleeding nipples ● X-ray examinations, tooth extraction or treatment and many other interventions are compatible with…, How to stop breastfeeding?, - Both starting and finishing breastfeeding should be done gradually. Stopping breastfeeding is a stressful process for both the mother and the baby; which is why it is important to be done gradually. In addition, abrupt interruption can lead to clogging of the ducts, so, if necessary, it is possible and necessary to pump the milk. If the…, You can read the article and watch the recording in Armenian here . , This article is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development ( USAID ). The contents are the responsibility of authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government
03 August 2020

Breastfeeding safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you're a mother or expecting, it is only natural to have questions about what is safest for your baby during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence is overwhelmingly in support of breastfeeding. The transmission of COVID-19 through breastfeeding or by giving breastmilk has not been detected. Breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact and early, exclusive…, Should I breastfeed during the pandemic?, Yes. There is no evidence to date that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through breastfeeding. Breastmilk provides antibodies that give babies everywhere a healthy boost and protect them against many infections. Breastfeeding significantly reduces the risk of death in newborns and young infants, provides lifelong health benefits for children, and…, Can you pass COVID-19 to your baby by breastfeeding?, To date, active COVID-19 (virus that can cause infection) has not been detected in the breastmilk of any mother with COVID-19, so it is unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted through breastmilk. Researchers are continuing to test breastmilk from mothers with confirmed and suspected COVID-19.   You can read the Armenian version of this article …, Should I breastfeed if I have or suspect I have COVID-19?, Yes, you should continue breastfeeding with appropriate precautions. The transmission of COVID-19 through breastmilk and breastfeeding has not been detected. Precautions include wearing a medical mask if available, washing your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub before and after touching your baby, and routinely cleaning…, Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I'm breastfeeding or providing expressed milk?, Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for healthy individuals who are lactating or expressing milk.  , Is it safe to continue breastfeeding after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine?, Yes, you should continue breastfeeding after vaccination to protect your baby. None of the WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines currently being used contain the live virus, so there is no risk of passing the virus to your baby through breastmilk.  , What should I do if I’m too unwell to breastfeed?, If you are feeling too sick to nurse, try to find other ways to safely provide your child with breastmilk. Try expressing milk and giving to your child via a clean cup or spoon. You could also consider donor human milk if available in your area. Speak to your breastfeeding counsellor or healthcare professional about the options available to you.…, Should I breastfeed if my child is sick?, Continue to breastfeed your child if she becomes ill. Whether your little one contracts COVID-19 or another illness, it is important to continue nourishing her with breastmilk. Breastfeeding boosts your baby’s immune system, and your antibodies are passed to her through breastmilk, helping her to fight infections.  , What precautions should I take when breastfeeding?, Make sure to follow handwashing guidelines. Your hands should be washed with soap and water before and after touching your baby. You may also use an alcohol-based hand rub. It is also important to clean and disinfect any surfaces that you have touched. Wash breastmilk pumps, milk storage containers and feeding utensils after every use as usual.