According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), during 2020, more than 65% of children under six months of age have received the Breastfeeding. This practice, considered as the “first vaccine” that a newborn receives, contributes to the development of antibodies, living cells and other substances that protect them from viruses and infections.
The President of the Breastfeeding Committee of the Latin American Pediatric Association, Sarah Vega, explains that among its multiple benefits in the child, is reducing the risk of sudden death, reducing allergic diseases such as eczema and asthma, preventing obesity, diabetes Y leukemia.
It also avoids blood pressure, the high cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary infection and otitis. However, the main thing is that it favors the bond of mother and child.
In the same way, in the mother when breastfeeding, it reduces breast and ovarian cancer, allows the uterus to recover its original size earlier, prevents hypertension, heart attacks, osteoporosis, the anemia and facilitates weight recovery obtained by pregnancy.
ARE INFANTS SAVED FROM COVID-19?
Given the fears of contagion coronavirus, some mothers are choosing to feed their newborn babies with artificial formulas rather than providing a breastfeeding your children. Without considering that they are failing to provide the neonate with the best quality of food available.
The specialist mentions that breastfeeding her son or daughter is one of the most effective ways to ensure the health and survival of children. “Breast milk is a protective shield that protects them from viruses that cause serious illnesses like COVID-19,” he says.
In case, the mother tested positiveAccording to the pediatrician at the Ricardo Palma Clinic, when breastfeeding, you should use a double mask, protector, and have your hands clean. “The contagion occurs through secretions, sneezes or other bad practices of women,” he clarifies.
– The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the colostrum (the thick, yellowish milk produced in late pregnancy) as the perfect food for the newborn.
– The only stimulus to increase the milk production is suckingAccording to this, the mother’s diet should increase her fluid intake.
– From the pregnancy, the parents should provoke the stimulation in the breasts, since this practice will help the production of milk and thus avoid the blockage of ducts (mastitis).
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