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Practical aspects of breastfeeding
Techniques and actions that interfere with the desire or ability of an infant to effectively suck the breast, such as, for example, the introduction of additional liquids (water, water with glucose, D-glucose or sugar, teas, herbal decoctions, juices, water from cuttings in the abdomen, milk mixtures and other liquids) are not needed, as they crowd out richer, more nutritious breast milk and prevent the baby from sucking the breast, thereby undermining the establishment and continuation of breastfeeding. Even in hot climates, subject to exclusive breastfeeding, babies can retain fluids and maintain sufficient hydration without getting any extra fluid.
In the first few months of life, irreversible milk deficiency is rare. However, mothers often lack confidence in their ability to provide enough milk to meet the needs of the child, and this fear is often reinforced by doctors and other medical professionals. Fear can act negatively on the release of milk, and therefore mothers need active and constant support so that they can breastfeed before the second year of life or even longer. When a baby gains weight poorly, this suggests the possibility that the baby does not get enough milk from the mother. However, this may indicate that it is necessary to improve the counseling and support of the mother in breastfeeding issues, and not to start using breast milk substitutes.
Methods for assessing the adequacy of a child’s physical development are largely based on the use of physical development cards, and these cards should be used with caution. Some regulatory indicators of physical development are outdated and are based primarily on data on American children fed with nutrient mixtures, and not on international data on children who are exclusively breastfed. Breastfed infants have patterns (speeds) of physical development different from their peers-artificials (65), but there is no evidence to suggest that the slowed pace of physical development of infants with exclusive breastfeeding during the first few months of life are something non-optimal or harmful. Nevertheless, the apparent unsatisfactory nutritional status and “slow” physical development are the reasons put forward for the premature termination of breastfeeding and the unreasonable introduction of infant formula or nutrition of the transitional period. New WHO standards are being drafted based on children who are exclusively and partially breastfed (see Chapter 10).
Breastfeeding after 6 months
In the first year of life, the human body goes through a phase of the fastest physical development. Most healthy children in the first 6 months double the body weight that they had at birth, and triple it in the first year. At the same time, the composition of the organism changes dramatically. Exclusive breastfeeding fully satisfies the nutritional needs of most infants until about the age of 6 months. However, as the baby grows older, larger and more active, nutritional needs can no longer be met by breast milk alone (3) (see Fig. 1). To fill the gap between what breast milk provides and the total nutritional needs of an infant, special transitional nutrition is needed - foods for complementary foods specifically designed to meet the special nutritional and physiological needs of the child (see Chapter 8).
The introduction of transitional nutrition does not mean the cessation of breastfeeding. On the contrary, in the first year of life, breast milk should remain one of the main sources of food, and it is desirable that by the end of the first year it should provide between one third and one half of the average total energy intake. The purpose of complementary foods is to provide additional energy and nutrients, but ideally it should not displace breast milk during the first 12 months. To ensure the preservation of the volume of breast milk produced and to stimulate milk production, mothers should continue to breastfeed their babies frequently during the period of complementary feeding.
If we express the contribution of complementary foods in the approximate percentage of total daily needs and take as a base some range of values of breast milk intake during the introduction of complementary foods, foods for complementary foods should provide 5-30% of the need for vitamin A, 20-45% for protein, 50- 80% in thiamine, 50-65% in riboflavin, 60% in calcium, 85% in zinc and almost 100% of iron needs (3). These estimates show that there is almost no need to get vitamin B6, B12, vitamin C, and folate from complementary foods, since breast milk contains a sufficient amount of these micronutrients. Therefore, breast milk is an extremely valuable source of nutrients for a long time after it ceases to be their only source.
There are a number of external factors affecting the length of time a mother is able to breastfeed her baby. Among them, first of all, leave to care for a child and the right of working women to breastfeeding are the factors specifically emphasized in the Innocenti Declaration (66; see also Appendix 1).
In most European countries, women represent a significant proportion of workers, and many of them face economic hardships to return to work while they are still breastfeeding. Returning to work forces mothers, and thus babies, to adapt to a schedule in which they are likely to have limited flexibility that is needed for breastfeeding on demand. The frequency of breastfeeding is thus likely to decrease, and, therefore, the volume of breast milk may decrease. Milk pumping (by hand or using a breast pump), which is then given to the baby, and breastfeeding at night, helps maintain the production of milk, and due to this, the opportunity to continue to breastfeed at least two or three times a day during the late period of infancy and longer. Providing conditions for keeping a baby in nurseries and / or rooms to continue lactating, where mothers can express and store their milk, helps mothers to continue to breastfeed and allows for increased frequency of breastfeeding. In addition, the creation of nurseries in the workplace has a beneficial effect on the entire system of relations between the mother and the infant, regardless of whether the child is breastfed or not.
Currently, WHO and UNICEF recommend breastfeeding for up to 2 years, and maybe longer. Data confirming the need to continue breastfeeding even after the first year of life is most convincing in conditions of low hygiene and high infection rates. Under such conditions, it was found that continued breastfeeding (up to 2 or 3 years old) protects against infectious diseases and is positively associated with child survival (16, 17). In industrialized countries, the benefits of prolonged breastfeeding are less obvious (67). As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics (5) recommends breastfeeding for at least 12 months and continuing as much as the mother and child wish, while European countries such as Denmark and the United Kingdom tend not to make any recommendations regarding the duration of breastfeeding. after the first 6 months. Therefore, for the WHO European Region, breastfeeding is recommended to continue after the first year of life, and in populations with a high prevalence of infection, it will be useful for the child’s health if breastfeeding continues for the second year of life and even longer.
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