Breast milk is the preferred nutritional source for all newborns and infants through the first six months of life and is widely recommended through the first year. It has significant health benefits for infants and mothers. Providing maternal support and structured antenatal and postpartum breastfeeding education are the most effective means of achieving breastfeeding success. Immediate skin-to-skin contact between mother and infant and early initiation of breastfeeding are shown to improve breastfeeding outcomes.
WHO/UNICEF were determined tens steps for increasing breastfeeding success. This steps are;
Determining a written breastfeeding policy,
Training all health care staff for implementing this policy,
Informing all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding,
Helping mothers initiate breastfeeding,
Showing mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation,
Giving infants only breatmilk,
Encouraging breastfeeding on demand,
Giving no pacifiers or artificial nipples,
Supporting mother with foster breastfeeding groups before discharge.
In this circumculum nurses can work as lactation consultants for teaching breastfeeding to new mothers. Lactation consultants help mothers for detemining obstacles. And also teach some basic points for deciding timing of breastfeeding, using the experiences of others and being ready to start breastfeeing. some social support systems like La Leche League International is also a great resource for sharing breastfeeding experience. More supported mothers continue breastfeeding more succesfully. And more breastfeed child become healthier children.
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