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WHO, others urge better support for breastfeeding mothers

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As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), which starts today, national and international bodies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council Of Nigeria (NMCN) have called for improved support for breastfeeding mothers, especially during this period.

In line with this theme, Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet, they called on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.

The ABC for nursing mothers is feeding, sleeping and pooping time and tracking these things is vital in knowing how well your little one is faring. Babies can’t talk so parents have to become cry readers and mind readers to ascertain the momentary needs of the little one.

The rule of thumb is from their first week, most babies will need 120-200ml of milk per kilo of their weight per day and this will be the pattern until your baby is six months old. In the early days, due to their tiny stomachs, your baby will need to be fed more frequently, between 7 to 14 times per day. As the stomach expands, the number will decrease because the stomach can take more quantities.

Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers and forms part of a sustainable food system. But while breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support, both to get started and to sustain it.

Experts recommend that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Breast milk is best for babies; it is easily digested and contains the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs to thrive. Breastfeeding develops the gastrointestinal tract and immune system, which leads to a lower incidence of diseases.

Marketing Manager, Hayat Kimya Nigeria, Roseline Abaronye, said pooping is the report card that shows how the mother is doing in taking care of her baby.

“A breastfeeding mom should pay attention to the frequency of pooping sessions. Other key things to track are the amount, colour, consistency and smell. The dangerous thing to note is when baby poop is red, white and black. Be sure to call your doctor immediately.

“Generally, a healthy bowel movement should be fairly soft. A hard and dry stool means baby isn’t getting enough fluids and this needs to be done well to avoid the onset of diaper rash. Once you remove the used diaper, baby needs to be wiped clean. The skin needs to be dry. Diapers need to be changed every time it is wet or soiled. This will help in preventing rashes from developing. It is important to choose the right diaper for your baby because of some trigger rashes due to the chemicals used in their production.”

Since Molfix entered the Nigerian Market five years ago, it has become the go-to diaper for Nigerian moms, as they are impressed with its high absorption and anti-leakage elastic barrier.

“The Air Dry Baby Diaper is keeping in line with the brand’s primary goal of making skin-friendly, ultra-breathable, affordable and ultra-absorbent diapers to support nursing mothers, baby’s convenience, freedom and comfort,” she said.


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