Keeping a­bre­ast of ba­by fee­ding trends

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News - N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

Wor­ld B­re­as­t­fee­ding Week (WBW) is ce­le­bra­ted an­nu­al­ly in mo­re than 120 coun­tries to en­coura­ge b­re­as­t­fee­ding and rai­se a­wa­re­ness a­bout in­fant he­alth, and the pro­vin­ci­al he­alth de­part­ment al­so took part un­der this y­e­ar’s the­me, being “Foun­da­ti­on of li­fe”.

WBW took pla­ce from 1 to 7 Au­gust. We­stern Ca­pe Go­vern­ment He­alth en­coura­ges mot­hers to bre­as­t­feed their ba­bies, if pos­si­ble. B­re­ast milk con­tains all the ne­ces­sa­ry nu­trients (vi­ta­mins and mi­ne­rals) for good gro­wth and de­ve­lop­ment. Your ba­by needs b­re­ast milk wit­hout any ot­her food or li­quids for the first six mont­hs of their li­ves. The­re­af­ter, mot­hers can in­tro­du­ce nu­tri­ti­ous foods and con­ti­nue to bre­as­t­feed for as long as pos­si­ble.

E­den and Cen­tral Ka­roo Dis­trict He­alth spo­kes­per­son Na­dia Fer­rei­ra said, “Your child’s he­alth is most vul­ne­ra­ble du­ring the first 1 000 days of their li­fe.

The rig­ht nu­tri­ti­on du­ring this 1 000-day win­dow can ha­ve a pro­found im­pact on a child’s a­bi­li­ty to de­ve­lop and le­arn. Our First T­hou­sand Days i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve en­com­pas­ses all the im­por­tant com­po­nents du­ring the first t­hou­sand days.” Why b­re­as­t­fee­ding is pro­mo­ted

It pro­tects your ba­by a­gainst res­pi­ra­to­ry and non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble di­se­a­ses such as asth­ma and di­a­be­tes.

It as­sis­ts your ba­by’s brain, teeth and jaw to de­ve­lop.

It de­cre­a­ses the chan­ce of de­ve­lo­ping b­re­ast and o­va­ri­an can­cer. It helps de­cre­a­se bleeding af­ter birth. It helps with weig­ht con­t­rol af­ter your preg­nan­cy. Get­ting the ne­ces­sa­ry sup­port

The first few days af­ter gi­ving birth to a ne­w­born can be a very trying ti­me for b­re­as­t­fee­ding mot­hers and the sup­port she re­cei­ves in t­hat ti­me in­flu­en­ces the length of ti­me for which she will con­ti­nue to bre­as­t­feed.

Du­ring the first few days at ho­me the mot­her may be ti­red and will need as much sup­port as pos­si­ble. Fa­mi­ly sup­port, a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment and as­sis­tan­ce at ho­me will con­tri­bu­te con­si­de­ra­bly to­wards a po­si­ti­ve b­re­as­t­fee­ding ex­pe­rien­ce for mom and the rest of the fa­mi­ly.

MomCon­nect is a free ser­vi­ce t­hat aims to use mo­bi­le he­alth tools, mes­sa­ging ser­vi­ces and ot­her plat­forms to cre­a­te a­wa­re­ness a­mong preg­nant wo­men a­bout a­vai­la­ble he­alth ser­vi­ces for their in­fants. Milk ban­king

In E­den, both Ge­or­ge and Oudts­hoorn hos­pi­tals are a­ble to pas­tu­ri­se bre­as­t­milk and re­ly on the do­na­ti­ons from lac­ta­ting mot­hers. The im­por­tan­ce of do­nor milk is

high­lig­h­ted by the lar­ge num­ber of low birth weig­ht or pre­ma­tu­re ba­bies.

Any lac­ta­ting mot­her who can ex­press e­nough ex­tra milk is as­ked to con­tact either Ge­or­ge Hos­pi­tal or Oudts­hoorn Hos­pi­tal to start the sim­ple pro­cess of do­na­ting b­re­ast milk. Find out mo­re

Vi­sit your ne­a­rest cli­nic for mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on on b­re­as­t­fee­ding or vi­sit www. wes­ter­n­ca­pe.gov.za.

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