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During the first 6 months of life, babies should be exclusively breastfed. This means that a practically healthy child should receive breast milk and no other food or liquid, such as water, tea, juice, cereal decoction, animal milk or infant formula. Exclusively breastfed babies or babies are much less prone to diarrhea or death from it than those who are not breastfed or only partially fed. Breastfeeding also protects against the risk of developing allergies in the initial period of life, helps to maintain the interval between childbirth and provides protection against infections not related to diarrhea (in particular, from pneumonia). Breastfeeding should continue at least until the age of 2 years. The best way to form this practice is to attach the baby to the breast immediately after birth and eliminate any other fluids from its diet.

The benefits of breastfeeding are listed in Table 5.
The essence of some or even all the benefits can be explained to mothers using simple language tools.

If breastfeeding is not possible, cow's milk should be given to the child (modified when feeding infants younger than 6 months) or breast milk substitutes from a cup. It is quite possible even with newborns at a very early stage. Do not use bottles and nipples, as they are very difficult to keep clean, and they easily tolerate microorganisms that cause diarrhea. It is necessary to give detailed instructions explaining the essence of hygienic requirements when preparing infant milk formulas on water to be boiled shortly before use.

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  1. Breastfeeding: the onset, duration, and practice of exclusive breastfeeding
    Due to the lack of comprehensive and comparable data and unified international definitions, it is difficult to make any general statements about the prevalence of breastfeeding in the WHO European Region. Data on the percentage of children who are breastfed are shown in Fig. 8, taken from various sources (27). These data must be approached carefully: survey methods
  2. Maternal breastfeeding support group in Samara. Breastfeeding the most important issues, 2014

    We often wonder why some mothers do not breastfeed. From our point of view, breastfeeding is a natural extension of the relationship that began in the womb. Maybe some women are convinced that breastfeeding does not really matter. Having studied Chapter 1, you will understand the benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and the baby. We believe that if you rate
  4. When do babies need more than one breast milk and how long should the baby be breastfed?
    Feed your baby exclusively with breast milk up to 6 months of age. At about 6 months of age, all babies, along with breast milk, need extra food, but ideally continue to breastfeed for up to a year and
  5. Breastfeeding support
    POLICIES AIMED AT SUPPORTING BREASTFEEDING In 1989, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund issued a joint statement on the role of mother services in protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. This statement provides the most up-to-date scientific knowledge and practical experience in organizing the EB in the form of accurate, universally acceptable recommendations.
    All babies should be exclusively breastfed from birth to approximately 6 months of age, but in any case during the first 4 months of life. It is preferable to continue breastfeeding after the first year of life, and in populations with a high prevalence of infections, the continuation of breastfeeding for the whole second
  7. Breastfeeding Alternatives
    Usually breastfeeding is the best way to feed infants. Nevertheless, there are situations when it may be preferable or it is necessary to replace breast milk with any alternative. In addition to the contraindications briefly described above, circumstances arise where, despite all efforts to continue breastfeeding, the mother cannot maintain lactation for
    The food you eat affects your milk. Breastfeeding can be an incentive that will help improve eating habits or continue the healthy diet that you started during pregnancy. In this section, you will receive information about nutrition and nutrition-related issues. We want you to be healthier and thinner after you’re finished breastfeeding. Many mothers say
  9. Exclusive or partial breastfeeding
    Exceptional breastfeeding means that the baby does not receive any other nutrition than breast milk, does not even take a pacifier. If a child is given vitamins or ritual food in small quantities, either water or juice, this is almost exclusive breastfeeding. Partial breastfeeding means that the baby is partially on the breast, and partially on the artificial
  10. Breastfeeding Consultant
    Breastfeeding counselors have always existed. It was just that their functions were performed by mothers, older sisters, or midwives — midwives who took birth in poor women and aristocratic women. The skill of the midwives was handed down from generation to generation, was kept secret and included not only the skills of giving birth, but also elements of modern osteopathy, knowledge of medicinal herbs and,
  11. Practical aspects of breastfeeding
    How to start breastfeeding Immediately after birth, a healthy baby instinctively searches for food. In the first few hours of life outside the womb, the baby is lively, active, and ready to feed, so ideally breastfeeding should begin within the first hour. To facilitate this process, it is necessary to maintain the skin contact of the child with the mother directly from the moment of birth until
  12. Basic rules for breastfeeding
    Breastfeeding opportunity Everybody can breastfeed! Breastfeeding in the presence of a live and healthy infant is impossible only when there is no mother or she has both mammary glands removed. Biological mother can feed twins, and even triplets, without using additional feeding for up to 5 months. Even twins and triplets can grow exclusively breastfed up to 4-5 months.
    Work and breastfeed? We will show you how. Want to combine breastfeeding and bottle feeding? No problems! In 1998, the highest rates of breastfeeding were recorded, as its advantages became known, and more and more mothers find it possible to breastfeed their baby, despite the difficulties of living in the 21st century. In this section, you will learn how
    Maybe this is not obvious, but the role of fathers in ensuring that mother feeding is successful is extremely important. Sadly, most fathers go to all antenatal classes, except for breastfeeding. Many fathers feel out of a tight breastfeeding cup. They observe how mothers build close symbiotic relationships with the newborn, and they want to know if there is any
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