BREASTFEEDING RATES AROUND THE WORLD Breastfeeding is seen differently not just on a personal level from one person to another, but from one community to another and even from one country to another. One of the common factors in all countries views on breastfeeding is the amount of education and marketing. The ones that promote breastfeeding realize not just the financial strain formula will cause a family, but more importantly the health gain both mother and baby will benefit from. Below is a list of the top 10 countries with the highest breastfeeding rates along with some information on a few of them. 10. Madagascar 48%: Being that it is such a poor nation, its mothers cannot afford to pay for formula and are thus blessed with enriching their baby’s life with breast milk 9. Bolivia 50%: Very similar to Madagascar with it’s high poverty rate 8. Egypt and Iran 56%: In Iran, a national breastfeeding plan was implemented, a plan which included the training of those who aid in breastfeeding, such as nurses, midwives, and doctors; setting up baby-friendly hospitals; enhancing maternity leave policies for working mothers; and developing community outreach programs in support of breastfeeding mothers 7. Uganda 57%: 6. Eritria 59%: 5. Peru 71%: In the 80’s Peru was the leading in breastfeeding rates. It has had a small decline, however still very strong in numbers 4. Malawi 72%: Malawi, a sub-Saharan country in Africa, is one of the areas with the most widespread cases of AIDS/HIV. This disease has been a challenge in promoting a breastfeeding rate of 100% among mothers. Fortunately, studies have shown that an HIV-infected mother who breastfeeds carries only a 4% chance of transmitting the disease to her baby. Interestingly, the baby has more chances of acquiring HIV when drinking formula milk because of unsafe handling and preparation of the milk, water, and bottles. So with these statistics, women tend to prefer breastfeeding exclusively. 3….
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THE OWWIES OF BREASTFEEDING Carpel tunnel (wrist pain), back pain, arms hurting. Why wasn’t I told about these things! Well not every mother experiences them. Most of the owwies we feel in our body come from poor habits. Carpel tunnel: This happens mostly when we are cross cradle holding our baby’s. This means holding your baby with the opposite hand and opposite breast. For example holding your baby with your left hand and feeding from your right breast. Click here for a picture of a cross cradle. Most mothers find it helpful to begin with cross cradle then transfer the baby to a cradle hold. See here for the cradle hold. The cradle hold places less pressure on our wrists as our forearms are supporting the baby instead of the wrist. If you find it more comfortable to cross cradle, then you can use your legs to support your baby. I don’t suggest a pillow for a couple of reasons. 1. It places your breasts in an unnatural position. Especially when your baby is a newborn, you need to learn to position properly. Eventually you will leave the house and will not take your pillow. You will need to know how to hold the baby free of any apparatuses. 2. You take your legs everywhere you go . This leads into the next problem of back pain. Often as mothers we gradually start to lean over our baby’s as they get heavier. Problem is it creates back pain along the way. Shoulders back and back straight is the best way to keep your back strong. Again, add your legs as support. You should always bring the baby to you rather than you to the baby. Another great solution is to do lay down while breastfeeding your baby. It’s not always the ideal situation, but when possible it’s suggested. This way there is no strain on your back, or your wrists. Being diligent in the beginning will really help you to set things off on the right track. If you really focus and try to maintain the best posture and wrist position, then you will be able to resort back to it…


My prenatal breastfeeding workshop is no

My prenatal breastfeeding workshop is now being offered at a reduced price of 150NIS. If you can find 5 friends, you will be free.
It is a 2 hour workshop educatin you about labour, delivery and it’s effects on breastfeeding, as well as what to expect in the first 2 weeks. I have limited space for a maximum of 6 women to ensure you get the most attention and information. Workshop can be run from your home or mine. I will travel up to 1 hour from Pardes Hana. Courses will begin in September. Register by Sept 1 and I will take off 10% of the cost.


BREAST IS BEST: OR IS IT? First off I ha


First off I have to say that in my opinion breast is best implies that there is something that is an equal alternative to breast milk. When a mother’s own milk is not available, then the next best is donor milk. If that is not available, then cows based formula (ready made for 0-3mth) is next best.
Recently there has been an article circulating the internet stating that formula fed babies of breastfeeding siblings show no difference in growth development ( The author claims that when one sibling was breastfed and another not, that there was no major difference in outcome of health (11 major factors…


10 W.H.O BF FACTS WHO recommends WHO rec

WHO recommends
WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. At six months, solid foods, such as mashed fruits and vegetables, should be introduced to complement breastfeeding for up to two years or more. In addition:
• breastfeeding should begin within one hour of birth
• breastfeeding should be “on demand”, as often as the child wants day and night; and
• bottles or pacifier

Health benefits for infants
Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child
Benefits for mothers
Breastfeeding also benefits mothers. Exclusive breastfeeding is associated with a natural (though not fail-safe) method of birth control (98% protection in the first six months after birth). It reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster, and lowers rates of obesity.
Long-term benefits for children
Beyond the immediate benefits for children, breastfeeding contributes to a lifetime of good health. Adolescents and adults who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight or obese. They are less likely to have type-2 diabetes and perform better in intelligence tests.

WHO/P. Virot
Why not infant formula?
Infant formula does not contain the antibodies found in breast milk. When infant formula is not properly prepared, there are risks arising from the use of unsafe water and unsterilized equipment or the potential presence of bacteria in powdered formula. Malnutrition can result from over-diluting formula to “stretch” supplies. While frequent feeding maintains breast milk supply, if formula is used but becomes unavailable, a return to breastfeeding may not be an option due to diminished breast milk production.
HIV and breastfeeding
An HIV-infected mother can pass the infection to her infant during pregnancy, delivery and through breastfeeding. Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs given to either the mother or HIV-exposed infant reduces the risk of transmission. Together, breastfeeding and ARVs have the potential to significantly improve infants’ chances of surviving while remaining HIV uninfected. WHO recommends that when HIV-infected mothers breastfeed, they should receive ARVs and follow WHO guidance for infant feeding.
Regulating breast-milk substitutes
An international code to regulate the marketing of breast-milk substitutes was adopted in 1981. It calls for:
• all formula labels and information to state the benefits of breastfeeding and the health risks of substitutes;
• no promotion of breast-milk substitutes;
• no free samples of substitutes to be given to pregnant women, mothers or their families; and
• no distribution of free or subsidized substitutes to health workers or facilities.
Support for mothers is essential
Breastfeeding has to be learned and many women encounter difficulties at the beginning. Nipple pain, and fear that there is not enough milk to sustain the baby are common. Health facilities that support breastfeeding—by making trained breastfeeding counsellors available to new mothers—encourage higher rates of the practice. To provide this support and improve care for mothers and newborns, there are “baby-friendly” facilities in about 152 countries thanks to the WHO-UNICEF Baby-friendly Hospital initiative.
Work and breastfeeding
Many mothers who return to work abandon breastfeeding partially or completely because they do not have sufficient time, or a place to breastfeed, express and store their milk. Mothers need a safe, clean and private place in or near their workplace to continue breastfeeding. Enabling conditions at work, such as paid maternity leave, part-time work arrangements, on-site crèches, facilities for expressing and storing breast milk, and breastfeeding breaks, can…


LABOUR AND DELIVERY Labour and Delivery.

Labour and Delivery. All women with children have gone through it since Eve. We all experience it in different ways. Some of our labours are fast, some slow. Some of it is a beautiful experience that we dreamed of, and to others is scary and timely. At the end, we all receive the same gift. A beautiful little infant that wants nothing more than to be in their mothers arms. However in today’s generation, women don’t know the rights they have to an informed birth, nor the different ways they can birth and be with their baby when it is born.

When you get an epidural, you are often slowing your labour down. It is taking away your pain, however it is making the baby so sleepy and relaxed that it won’t have the energy to descend. This can spark many issues. When a labour doesn’t progress, after time the baby can go into distress. Distress can cause the baby to excrete meconium (baby’s first bowl movement) in utero which is dangerous if they ingest it. It also means that you will be receiving a boreal of fluids. Sometimes it’s liters upon liters.
Once your baby is born, if it was a medicated birth, it will be extra tired. A tired baby is one who may not want to latch right away. That is ok. It just means you need to be extra patient in the learning process. Babies were designed to not need to eat in the first 24hr’s after birth. It is a time to learn their surroundings and get comfortable on their mom’s skin and around her breast. It’s a beautiful thing to watch a baby explore it’s new surroundings.

I am by no means saying that a woman should have a medication free birth, however, I am saying that they should go in informed and understand the risks and outcomes associated with each intervention.
Stay tuned to part 3 on my next article Life After Birth…………

Immediately after your baby is born, If nothing else, spend the first week skin to skin and breastfeed your baby only. After your milk has been established, discuss with your partner about other forms of feeding. Many men feel left out when it comes to an exclusively breastfed newborn, as they associate feeding with bonding. There are so many other ways to bond with your baby. Bathing, changing, napping, walking and even dancing and singing to her or him. A newborn loves the comfort of the partner that they were listening to for 9 months.
I just worked with a Mom who tried for years to conceive a child. She finally did and had a wonderful pregnancy. Once her labour started, the Dr’s advised her that she needed an epidural, needed Pitocin and an assortment of other things. Unfortunately what they didn’t feel the need to say was, she had a choice to what interventions she wanted or didn’t want. As a result, her labour was increased; her daughter went into distress because she just wasn’t ready to come out. She ended up having an emergency C section from all the complications that were not necessarily the right choice from the beginning. Afterwards, she was told to supplement as her baby had lost to much weight. She was referred to the outpatient breastfeeding clinic where they told her she was doing everything right. Yet they never addressed her pain and low milk supply. I unfortunately here this far to often. When you receive interventions (a boreal of fluids as I mentioned in my last article), your baby will receive some of these fluids as well. This will make her seem as though she weighs more than she does. If you do receive fluids, make sure you ask them to delay the weighing by 12hr’s or even a day. Remember, your baby does not need to eat in the first 24 hours. Her body is designed to live off what it received in utero. The first 24 hours is about the bond. So take that precious baby in your arms and hold her or him like they were meant to. Skin to Skin. If your baby is moments old, let them find their way to your breast themselves. That is what they were designed to do. It is called baby led latch….