Women's Month: Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed regardless of HIV status

Well-nourished generations

However, there are several other barriers to breastfeeding children including ignorance of benefits of breastfeeding, improper advice from friends and family leading to supplement breast milk with formula, lack of support for working mothers from employers in providing environment conducive for breastfeeding, and lack of trained health workers who can guide new mothers about the right techniques of breastfeeding.

He stated that even in scenarios where breastfeeding was challenged for instance, due to the demise of a mother at birth, effort should be made to seek out an already breastfeeding relative, who could volunteer to feed both her baby and the other baby placed in her care, at the same time through "tandem breastfeeding". Mothers can carry the pump and storage bag to their work place and pump there to keep up their milk supply. It is the ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants and no formula food can substitute it.

Masina said HIV positive breastfeeding mothers are given a fixed-dose combination drug that is a combination of two or more ARV drugs in one pill which allows them to also exclusively breastfeed their babies, preventing a mother-to-child transmission during the infant feeding period.

Breast milk contains the entire nutrient that an infant needs for the first six months of life.

The 2018 health report on breastfeeding notes that newborns who breastfeed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive than those who are not breastfed in the first hour of birth.

Activities are planned, throughout the state, to draw attention to the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of mothers and children.

Another obstacle mothers face is discomfort during nursing.

Sincerely, this is very desirable as it will support the mother practise exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of the baby's life.

Despite the high cultural acceptance for breastfeeding in Pakistan, the country has the highest bottle-feeding rate and lowest exclusive breastfeeding rate in South Asia.

"Breastfeeding also plays an important role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for motherhood and childhood".

RSVP is not required to attend the Community Baby Shower, however, if you would like to register for the next series of Pre-natal classes in October or December, please visit http://www.opelousasgeneral.com, our Facebook page or contact Darlene Fontenot at 948-5103. Breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, and ensures food security for babies, even in times of crises.

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