World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated annually from 1 to 7 August, is a global campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Breastfeeding Action to raise awareness and stimulate action on topics related to breastfeeding.
“Supporting breastfeeding for a healthier planet” has been selected by the World Breastfeeding Alliance (WABA) as this year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2020. The theme focuses on the impact of infant feeding on the environment/climate change and the imperative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people.
Breastfeeding is not easy. Nor does it require minimal effort. Breastfeeding is not just for the day. Real breastfeeding costs! The puerperium, the milk that does not come down or “doesn’t arrive”. The loneliness The cracks The mornings The licenses Returns to paid work. Breastfeeding baths… Breastfeeding must be a collective act, not an individual one.
It is important to emphasize that breastfeeding is more than food, it is affective and emotional nutrition: Looks, Holds, Hugs, Rhythms, Interaction. All this skin-to-skin contact and this close interaction is a very powerful stimulus for the baby’s brain. If you are told to supplement with formula, you can consult with a childcare provider to do it in a way that interferes with breastfeeding as little as possible. If you breastfeed, you can do it in such a way that “the only thing that is lost is the breast milk”
We share suggestions from Ibone Olza, Perinatal psychiatrist:
- Feed it on demand. maybe we all feel hungry with the same frequency or at the same time? Babies are no exception, each one has its own way and tastes. Offer him the bottle when he signals hunger and remove it when he signals he doesn’t want more.
- Try to have only two or three people, always the same, who take care of their food, at least in the beginning. During the first few years babies can bond securely with their primary caregivers.
- Even if you are not breastfeeding, you can use the nipple to comfort yourself andat least if they want it.
- Try to give it to him in your arms, and favoring as much contact as possible. Babies continue to need to be held during latches for years, so that means hugs and cuddles and intimacy.
Again: Food is always connection and intimacy.