Geneva, 7 August (Prensa Latina) The focus of World Breastfeeding Week, which ends today, is to place the onus on participants in the working environment to create the best possible environment for this natural and healthy behaviour.
The truth is, exclusive breastfeeding remains the best food for newborns when complementary foods are started within six months.
The World Health Organization recommends continuing to do so until adequately supplemented with other foods after this period.
According to medical literature, breastfeeding can protect infants from infections such as gastroenteritis, respiratory infections, otitis media, and urinary tract infections, especially immune infections. Studies have also shown that it can protect children from sudden infant death syndrome.
It also has beneficial effects on the mother’s body as it allows for faster postpartum recovery and has even been shown to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
This is why it is important that the mother’s environment supports her to achieve good breastfeeding.
If both the baby and the mother are healthy, the newborn should remain on the mother’s breast until the first nursing, regardless of the mode of delivery.
The first two hours are critical because newborns have a very strong suck reflex.
Experts clarified that breast milk is provided on demand, as babies can be fed 8 to 12 times a day, but also more.
During feeding, the composition of breast milk changes and ends up being oilier, for this reason it is recommended that babies completely empty one breast before feeding the other, otherwise they may not be able to feed well and may Flatulence.