Briefly about breastfeeding in the days of Corona – things that are important to know for those who choose to breastfeed

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Posted on: 6.8.20 20:39

By: Elisheva Cohen Arazi; Marketing content

Breast milk is the best nutrition for babies. Breastfeeding includes the provision of age-appropriate nutrition, immune protection, touch and heat, sucking and more, thus satisfying all the needs of the baby at birth.

Breastfeeding also has an important contribution to the breastfeeding mother’s feeling and health. Beyond studies indicating the health contribution, such as reducing cancer morbidity, better contraction of the uterus after birth and more, it has also been found that the breastfeeding mother is highly rewarded on an emotional level. Thus, for example, a comprehensive study of 6410 mothers of infants up to one year of age showed that exclusively breastfed mothers reported more hours of sleep (contrary to myth), a higher sense of energy and mental well-being (lower well-being and a lower sense of depression). Successful breastfeeding makes an important contribution to increasing the mother’s sense of ability and strengthening the baby’s sense of security.

However, most important is the health of the baby and especially in these corona days, when his physical and mental strength is of paramount importance. Breastfeeding has been found to contribute to strengthening the baby’s resilience also because antibodies developed by his mother are passed to him in milk and it has been found that it allows optimal development of the bacteria normally found in the gut, bacteria that play an important role in maintaining health throughout life. These bacteria make an important contribution to the development and strengthening of the immune system, prevention of diseases, reduction of the risk of allergies and possibly even reduction of the risk of obesity and other metabolic diseases later in life. In laboratory tests, it can be seen that in the intestines of breastfed babies, unique bacteria develop that are different from those of non-breastfed babies.

The resilience that breast milk provides, combined with routine immunizations – gives the baby maximum protection against infectious diseases. However, it is important to note that breastfeeding alone cannot prevent certain diseases, such as measles, for example, and routine immunizations are another important layer in ensuring the newborn’s immunity to serious diseases. Breastfeeding increases the chance that the baby will better overcome an infection that will attack him and this is of paramount importance in the days of Corona.

Can a verified corona breastfeed?

Experts agree that the virus that causes the corona is new, but the virus family is known and does not pass through breast milk. The corona virus has not been demonstrated in breast milk, and the World Health Organization’s guideline is to continue breastfeeding, taking the precautions of mask and hygiene to prevent respiratory infection. Therefore, even if it is verified that her condition allows it, it is important that she breastfeeds her baby. The guideline also relies on the fact that the benefit of having the breastfed baby with its mother includes large and significant skin-to-skin contact as opposed to the prolonged separation of a baby from its mother.

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How to prepare for breastfeeding?

  • Pregnant – There is no need to prepare the breast or nipple for breastfeeding.
  • In the delivery room – it is recommended to breastfeed for the first time immediately after the birth when the newborn is placed on the mother’s abdomen.
  • In the first months – breastfeeding according to the baby’s requirement, it is best to avoid giving a pacifier until breastfeeding is established.

Tips during breastfeeding:

  1. Near birth it is important to breastfeed because the primary milk eColostrum – Also known as “the gold in milk” – rich in immune and nutritional components and adapted to the needs of the baby at this exact age.
  2. Starting on the third day there may be fullness of the breast. The fullness is blessed, the congestion is not. Treatment is prevention only. If congestion develops, a lactation consultant should be consulted for appropriate guidance.
  1. Nipple sores: For treatment, check the position of the mother and baby and the way the baby grasps the nipple. It is not recommended to apply ointments without professional advice. Breastfeeding pain is a bell that signals to seek counseling.
  2. Clean according to the baby’s requirements – recommended Be attentive to the baby and not the watch. Signs of readiness for breastfeeding are alertness, licking of tongue, opening of eyes. Crying is a late sign. Typical breastfeeding is in clusters and not arranged at regular intervals. A baby sucks on average 10-12 times a day for the first two months.

5. Medications during breastfeeding: It is important to inform the attending physician of the mother and baby and consult him. You can use the “Medication Guide” on the Clalit website

You can contact by telephone for advice at the National Center for Tartological Counseling and Medicines Mashab 02-5082825 or at the Tartological Counseling and Medicines Center of Assaf Harofeh 08-9779309

6. It is recommended to breastfeed from both breasts at each breastfeeding. Once a baby leaves the first breast, diapers can be changed, lifted to exhale and a second breast offered. The start of the next breastfeeding will be in the breast where we finished the previous breastfeeding. It is recommended to find a way to mark the side where the last breastfeeding ended (you can use a “breastfeeding bracelet”)

  1. Signs of proper breastfeeding: From the fifth day, the baby wets 5-6 diapers with

Light urine. 3-4 ejaculations, makes swallowing sounds while breastfeeding and his body is relaxed at the end of breastfeeding. Also, breastfeeding did not cause breast pain.

  1. Breastfeeding mother nutrition: It is important to drink carefully in order to consume, listen and respond to the feeling of thirst, at least 10 glasses of water. A sign of adequate drinking is a light, odorless urine color.

It is important to reduce the amounts of caffeine (in coffee, tea or beverages such as cola) and alcohol should be avoided. There are no forbidden foods during breastfeeding, but it is important to be alert to foods that seem to affect your baby and cause him restlessness. It is advisable to consult a professional before reducing foods from the mother’s diet.

  1. Do not add water to the baby’s diet during breastfeeding, when the baby signals restlessness he should be offered breastfeeding. Breastfeeding meets all the needs of the baby.
  2. Prevention of back pain: It is advisable to vary the breastfeeding positions. It is recommended to sit in an armchair with a straight and stable backrest and bring the baby to the breast and not the breast to the baby.
  3. It is important to remain alert while breastfeeding and not to fall asleep, to prevent the baby from falling
  4. Breast milk storage: in room air for 3-4 hours, in the refrigerator (not in the door) for 4 days. In the freezer compartment, in the inner back, for 6 months.
  5. Defrosting breast milk is recommended when taking it out of the freezer, when the milk thaws, mix well and put the milk in a bottle in a container with warm water – not in the microwave. The heat of the milk on the back of the palm should be checked to prevent overheating.

Elisheva Cohen Arazi and Dorit Aharonovich promote breastfeeding week at Blin. Photo: General Spokeswoman


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