05 August 2022

Breastfeeding is more than just nutrition for a child

People have invented spacecraft, artificial intelligence and a quantum computer, but we can't fully replace women's breast milk. This is because breastfeeding (BF) is not only about nutrition. But also about the formation of the microbiome (all microorganisms that a person has), immunity and other protective mechanisms of the body, about…, About the importance of BF, I think there is no need to talk about the benefits of breast milk and its composition – that is clear. No production is capable of synthesizing the structure of milk. It is a system with not only microelements, fats, proteins, carbohydrates. It is also a nutrient medium for those microorganisms that populate the child's body in the first minutes…, *Optimal BF regime:, breastfeeding starts within the first hour of a baby's life there is only breastfeeding up to six months of a child's life (without adding any liquids and water, supplementary feeding with solid, semi-solid food, with the exception of vitamins and medicines) breastfeeding continues up to two years or older if the mother wants that (at the age of 6…, About psychological comfort, A child learns everything by observing the world around them through hearing, sight, smell and taste, touch. He/she will also have to learn to express emotions. And if a smiling happy mother picks up the baby and starts breastfeeding, and thus launches a hormonal mechanism for the formation of maternal instincts (peace, happiness, affection, joy,…, About contraindications, There are very few contraindications for HB. Absolute contraindications are the following: the mother is in unconscious state, has mental disorders; the mother has especially dangerous infections (typhus, plague, cholera and others); the mother is the carrier of T-lymphotropic virus. There are some limitations if the mother has HIV. Even if all…, About BF problems, It is not enough to say: "Breastfeed!" You need to thoroughly work with women to explain to them the importance of BF and to support them. We are all under constant stress now. Not to mention women in the postpartum period. If the mother is stressed during the feeding period, then the child will show certain reactions – cry, sleep and eat poorly,…, About supporting women during BF, The most important thing is to help the mother relax and relieve her of daily stress. The support of close people – her husband, parents – is very important here. Unfortunately, mothers quite often not only take care of the baby, but also have a lot of household chores. If they cannot find time to connect psychologically with the child and are…, What else is very important to do to make BF work?, to ensure skin-to-skin contact and early breastfeeding attachment in the first hour after birth for the mother to stay together with the infant in the hospital and apply frequent breastfeeding attachment to establish lactation feeding on demand. Мама кормит ребенка в вязаной кофточке грудью, About the doctors you can contact for help, A joint initiative by WHO and UNICEF is currently being implemented to create an enabling environment for breastfeeding in hospitals (the initiative is called "Baby Friendly Hospital" – ed.). You can apply to medical institutions that have the status of a "Baby Friendly Hospital" (you can find out about them here). Medical specialists who are very…, About mobile app Bebbo, In the age of information technology, it is important to use modern tools for obtaining information and self-assistance. For example, mobile apps. Recently, UNICEF released Bebbo – a free app for parents of children aged 0-6. Through such tools important information is disseminated much more efficiently. Considering that all the content of the app…, A personal story, My story and my personal experience predetermined all my current activities. Everything I do now is because I understand how painful it is when there are difficulties associated with children. Together with colleagues from the Republican Scientific and Practical Center "Mother and Child" and our partners, including UNICEF, we organize…