The Challenges Of Breastfeeding

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Breastfeed is a very personal decision. Breastfeeding topic always provokes various opinions from family and friends. What matters is the infant getting proper nutrition for his optimal growth and development. Every infant and mother are unique and has different challenges. Established is 1991 by the World Health Organization
(WHO) Also, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), which supports and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding by following the BFHI’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). By educating the staff, in these steps are practices that hospitals can implement that have been
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The nurse first must find out the mother’s current knowledge, and attitude towards breastfeeding than the nurse can start educating the mother regarding benefits of breastfeeding infants. Breastfeeding can help you lose weight and burns an extra 200-500 calories per day. Another advantage breastfeeding can help save money and fits into my family’s budget. Breastfeeding is restful the mother needs to be aware that feeling overwhelmed during breastfeeding is normal, but being overly stressed or anxious may interfere with the feeding. Staying as calm and relaxed as possible before and during nursing helps the infant to be calm and relaxed and increases emotional bonding. The physical touch, skin-to-skin contact, closeness, and eye contact, increases infant 's ability to bond with the mother and feel …show more content…
Breast milk provides complete nutrition for infants. It has the excellent source of protein, vitamins, fats and everything infant 's needs for its growth and development, also contains antibodies that help infants fight off bacteria and viruses. Breastfeeding significantly reduces the risk of having allergies, asthma and fewer chances of getting sick with breastfed babies. Formula-fed infants experience more episodes of diarrhea, ear infections, and lower respiratory tract infections than breastfed infants.
When discussing the nutrition needs of the infant, it is important to inform the mother of either option bottle and breastfeeding. When bottle feeding the infant should have 2½ to 3 ounces formula and full term 4 ounces every 3-4 hours a day. The maximum amount of ounces of formula a day is ounces multiplied by the infant 's weight in pounds. Never give the baby whole milk. Breastfed baby will usually eat 8-12 times every one-to-two hours during the day and a few times at night every 24 hours (womenshealth.gov, 2014). Infants develop their patterns and will let mothers know when they need to feed, although sometimes mothers wake infants for feedings to try to get them on a schedule. Feeding times vary, but can

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