The World Health Organization and UNICEF have been championing the importance of breastfeeding. In August 1990, these organizations signed the Innocenti Declaration, which seeks to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Every year, thereafter, the first week of August is observed as breastfeeding week to commemorate the signing of the declaration. Love News spoke with Nurse Yvette Massiah, a certified lactation Counselor, who spoke about the importance of breastfeeding.
Yvette Massiah Lactation Counselor Nurse: The importance of Breastfeeding; that is the most important start of that child’s life. It’s the best nutrition, it helps with that child throughout the lifespan. The baby is healthier; mother take the baby to see a doctor less. The baby is smarter, the baby get less diseases like diarrhea, vomiting and for the mother it also have benefits in that the mother return to nonpregnant size. The mother is less prone to develop cervical and breast cancer; it’s cheaper for the family.
Massiah explained how a mother can help her child who is having difficulty to latch on to the breast.
Nurse Yvette Massiah – Lactation Counselor: If the baby is not positioned correctly then yes the mother will have problem with latching on and she will have crack nipples, sore nipples and it will be painful. If the mother positions the baby correctly by holding the baby’s belly to belly with her; ensuring that when she put the nipple in the mouth the nipple is being placed all the way to the back. In doing that the mother has to ensure that the nose of the baby is at the nipple; then she opens the mouth wide. She brings the baby up to the breast and then by doing that the nipple will go all the way to the back of the baby’s mouth where the hard palate is.
Most of the Hospitals in Belize have been designated as baby friendly hospitals.