* Breastfeeding vital for mother, child: expert
Studies have shown that women who breastfeed for six months or more risk premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancers, ovarian cancer, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.
Haila Johar, executive director of the Department of Women at the Wellness and Research Center (WWRC), said nurses play an important role in encouraging women to choose and continue breastfeeding.
"Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both mother and baby in the first six months, but it's not always easy for women to follow this recommendation, and the key to successful breastfeeding lies in meeting everyone's challenges Understanding and providing easy access to information and support, "said Johar.
"Evidence shows that breastfeeding for the first six months
provides many health benefits to both mother and child"
Breastfeeding provides all the energy and nutrients that are available an infant is needed. It promotes sensory and cognitive development and protects the child from a variety of infectious and chronic diseases. Breastfeeding also reduces childhood infant mortality diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia and helps speed recovery from illness.
It also strengthens maternal and child attachment, aids in postpartum recovery, reduces the risk of postpartum hemorrhage, anemia, breast and ovarian cancer, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis during menopause
According to Johar, mother s need to be informed about child feeding options so that they can make an informed choice. She says many women stop breastfeeding earlier than planned, often due to misinformation and lack of education about the benefits of breastfeeding or barriers they can not overcome.
Nahrida Nazir Mir received lactation support in the childbirth facilities of Hamad Medical Corporation and successfully stylized her second child, although she had some difficulty first breastfeeding her.
Saad with his little brother Fahad
"I had great difficulty nursing my first child, Saad," Mir said. "He cried a lot, so I consulted with my family members who told me he was hungry because I did not produce enough breast milk, I did not have much information about breastfeeding at that time and I was afraid he would did not get enough milk and nutrients from me, so I immediately supplemented my breast milk with a formula, "she said.
To encourage more women to breastfeed, expectant mothers participating in a prenatal visit to the WWRC will receive information from the hospital's nurses, patient family trainers, and clinical midwife specialists about the benefits of breastfeeding and instructions on the various techniques. If additional counseling is required or desired, additional coaching and individual coaching will be offered in the outpatient clinic.
"During my second pregnancy I received tremendous support from the hospital, a clinical midwife specialist was available by phone and in person to answer all my questions, and she provided me with the information and tools I needed to help my baby without Difficulties to quench, "said Mir. "As a result, my second child, Fahad, is not suffering from reflux and I can sleep without worry, knowing that my baby will get all the nutrients he needs from my mother's milk."