Last year we had spoken about the myths surrounding breastfeeding and this year we have some quaint stories where these women from an underprivileged class did not have any idea about breastfeeding and how they overcame it with the help of CCDT.
We believe that breastfeeding is the most important thing for a mother and a baby, but…we are not aware that many women around the world either face difficulties in doing so because of proper nutrition or proper knowledge. We as a society have to do our bits to empower these women who are a part of our life in some or the other way…Be it the bai who cleans your house or the vegetable vendor who provides you with fresh veggies. They are humans first!
The slogan for World Breastfeeding Week, which is being celebrated from August 1 to 7, is “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life”. This simple yet hard-hitting statement captures the essence of every campaign in support of breastfeeding.
First, a few settled facts before we move on are…
Undernutrition causes 45% of all child deaths and breastfeeding is one of the most significant ways to improve infant survival rates.
Breastmilk protects infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia – the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide.
Longer duration of breastfeeding contributes to the health and well-being of mothers as well, by reducing risks of breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes and postpartum depression.
Following are 3 cases where intervention was much important for saving the kids lives and ensuring that they are healthy.
Sita is a young mother at 20 years old. She delivered her first baby boy on June 2, 2019. The baby’s birth weight is just 1.8 kgs… so he needs proper care and attention and a focussed breast-feeding approach for development. Now what is happening is that Sita just has the basic information about breastfeeding but does not know the correct steps to be followed to achieve the appropriate developmental goals for her child, nor is she aware of the nutritional requirements for herself and the baby.
Here CCDT intervenes and counsels her.
Sita is taught the techniques of breastfeeding and she is asked to sit in the proper position and hold the baby correctly so that it is comfortable for her and the child. She is also trained to feed the child appropriately at the intervals of 2 hours with appropriate techniques.
Sita follows all the tips diligently.
Her son is now developing, growing and gaining weight appropriately with support and training from the CCDT community staff and social workers.
Meghna delivers her second child, a boy 10 days ago. When she delivered her first child, she was unaware of the basic breastfeeding techniques so she couldn’t successfully breastfeed her first baby girl. But now that she’s associated with CCDT she knows exactly what to do and how to care for her newborn!
She now knows the importance of feeding colostrum to the baby as it helps develop the immunity and the baby’s brain. She is also aware that she shouldn’t feed the baby anything but her milk and avoid substances like honey and sugar water as superstitions in her community suggest.
She also now knows the technique and importance of burping her baby after every feed and to feed on both breasts.
With help from CCDTs social workers and community staff, she has now become very comfortable with breastfeeding her 10-day old son. Both mother and son are healthy and developing perfectly!
Namita delivers her third baby, a girl in the hot month of May 2019, she is not able to eat anything because of heat and humidity in Mumbai. Namita has delivered in the municipal hospital and the baby is healthy but she is not producing enough milk because she has starved herself during delivery and 24 hours before the same.
We help her by sending her milk, dry fruits and milk-producing substances like Satavari, Haleem and Dates in the form of a Kheer. Namita is also provided with a healthy meal consisting of Dal, Pulses, Chapati and rice. Within 2 hours of consuming milk, Namita starts getting her first milk and happily breastfeeds the baby happily.
Just talking about breastfeeding is really easy but actually doing the work on the ground level is what it takes!
We thank CCDT to have taken this step and we still have to do a lot in terms of giving back to the human society that we all as the citizens of Earth are a part of.
Keep on helping women breastfeed.