A team of doctors and nurses from a large hospital is opposing the artificial nutrition of babies, via a bottle, to promote the use of breastfeeding as the main source of food for the little ones. It is not such an easy task, considering the social, professional, family and personal barriers that often prevent breastfeeding.
In order for society to say NO to the bottle and to raise awareness about the great nutritional value of breast milk, the Breastfeeding Committee of the Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid is organizing meetings with pregnant women, mothers and support groups, periodically. For now the results are being positive. More than 80% of women who are discharged from maternity are only breastfeeding their babies and, above all, fighting against bottles.
So that all babies benefit from breast milk, they are also developing a project, new in Spain, which allows mothers who give birth through a cesarean section to also breastfeed their babies from the first moment . Normally mothers who undergo this type of surgical intervention are transferred to obstetric resuscitation without maintaining contact with their child.
The new project promotes a recovery of the mother but without separation, in a way that mother and son do not distance themselves at any time. As is known, skin-to-skin contact between mother and newborn during the first hours after delivery stimulates the production of hormones necessary to obtain milk, especially in cases of cesarean delivery in which it is difficult more to the mother to produce milk.
In addition to promoting good nutrition for the baby, the baby's contact with his mother stimulates the affective bond and improves his adaptation to the new environment. The father must also participate in this process. Each mother is free to decide how she should and can feed her child. There are mothers who cannot produce milk, cannot find a correct position, and others who have difficulty breastfeeding. I think that for everything there is a solution, and that it must be sought in all ways at least during the first six months of the baby's life, through workshops on breastfeeding, and before you have to offer a bottle.
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