First Draft

Why breastfeeding?
I see a lot of mothers who have no idea about the breast milk and its benefits or some of them suddenly decided to not giving the breast milk to their neonates; and I always compare them to my mother who fed me for 2 years. What did my mom know about breast feeding that nowadays mothers don’t know? I talked to my neighbour that she gave birth to a baby boy around 3 months ago and I was curious about how her breastfeeding goes. “I am not giving my milk, I use formula” she answered. I stopped at that moment because this decision is completely personal so I decided to bring her some pamphlets and brochures from hospital. I knew that talking about breastfeeding for her first baby is late but I just hope she changes her mind for next ones! After that day I was looking for answers for a lot of questions such as: why some new mothers decide not to do breastfeed? Do they know about the benefits of breastfeeding or not? I am sure that they read on newspapers or hear on the TV or radio about how important this fact is but why they neglect?
I found this list for their possible answers: breastfeeding is hard, I don’t have enough milk for my baby, I am working and not able to manage time, formula is convenient, my mother gave me cow’s milk and I am still alive without any health problems, I need to eat and drink more to have breast milk ready for my baby so I gain weight which I hate and finally, I hate to have saggy breasts…..These are just some probable reasons and surely there are more; I can remember my mom’s answer when I asked her why she gave me breast milk and she answered that breastfeeding was a joyful closeness to her which also had several health benefits for myself and you. My breast milk was specifically tailored to you and I didn’t want to deprive that from you. You as my first baby were hard to get latch but your grandmother supported me and my nurse taught me the best position and encouraged me not to give up. However, it was hard but now I am satisfied and proud”
Actually, it is predefined in the human and animal natures to protect their babies and I am sure that she did this by giving me the breast milk, the first step of my possible protection. Definitely, she protected me at that time from a lot of diseases, allergies and even dead. Children who are breastfed have a lower risk of dying between the ages of twenty eight days and one year than children who weren’t breastfed and this is about large amount of antibodies found in the colostrum, the first milk that body produces for neonate.   (478 words)

First Draft Continued…

As a student nurse who is working in the women’s pavilion postpartum unit in royal Victoria Hospital, I am observing and caring for the lots of mothers with different age, culture, ethic and values. They may give birth to their first baby or second but the only common concern for them is baby’s nutrition and baby’s weight. I’d say most of them choose breastfeeding with all the difficulties that they may have for the first time. Without any doubt starting feeding a baby after the stress and anxiety that caused by labour and delivery process could not be an easy intervention for mother. Frustration, changing the hormones level in the body, thinking about baby’s future and her multi roles and much more other affecting things are causes for them to become exhausted and decided to start bottle feeding.
Recently, I talked to my neighbor that she gave birth to a baby boy around 3 months ago and I was curious about how her breastfeeding goes. “I am not giving my milk, I use formula” she answered. I stopped at that moment because this decision is completely personal so I decided to bring her some pamphlets and brochures from hospital. I knew that talking about breastfeeding for her first baby is late but I just hope she changes her mind for next ones! After that day I was looking for answers for a lot of questions such as: why some new mothers decide not to do breastfeed? Do they know about the benefits of breastfeeding or not? I am sure that they read on newspapers or hear on the TV or radio about how important this fact is but why they neglect? These questions always lead me to my mother who fed me for about 2 years. What did my mom know about breast feeding that nowadays mothers don’t know? I can remember my mom’s answer when I asked her why she gave me breast milk “breastfeeding was a joyful closeness to her which also had several health benefits for you and me. My breast milk was specifically tailored to you and I didn’t want to deprive that from you. You as my first baby were hard to get latch but your grandmother supported me and my nurse taught me the best position and encouraged me not to give up. However, it was hard but now I am satisfied and proud”. It is predefined in the human and animal natures to protect their babies and I am sure that she did this by giving me the breast milk, the first step of my possible protection.
Breast milk benefits for infant and maternal is the undeniable truth that according to The American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization (WHO) it has the results in improving neonate and maternal health based on its standard ingredients for infant feeding and nutrition. Therefore, based on the positive effects of breast milk as the short and long term of medical and developmental stage on infant, this issue should see as a public health issue. Exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months and continue it with complementary foods up to a year is a recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics that endorsed by WHO/UNICE. Breastfeeding has the significant role in disease control and prevention in infant such as Respiratory Tract Infections and Otitis Media, Gastrointestinal Tract Infections, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Infant Mortality, Allergic Disease, Obesity, Diabetes, Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma. Gathering some information about each these diseases can give the positive reinforce to the parents to see the differences between their children who have been breast-fed with the others that bottle-fed.
Scientifically, breast milk has more nutritional benefits rather than bottle feeding but there are a lot of reasons that caused the new mothers give up and start with formula to survive their babies. Bounding between new born and mother is the most significant psychological reason that encourages mothers to start breastfeeding. Being in the skin-to-skin position with baby and cuddling with him during breastfeeding can make really strong connection between mothers and babies and also effects on baby’s developmental stage and milestone in future.

After all this argument, there are plenty of reasons for choosing formula instead of breast milk by mother. For nursing the baby, new mother need to learn how to do that. It looks the natural process but it doesn’t mean that it should be easy for non-experience mom. A proper latch is crucial to success. This is the key to successful breastfeeding. If baby has a poor latch causes nipple pain “hurt” especially if the mother is a new mom. Checking the position, asking for help and having support system can resolve this problem. Mastitis which is a bacterial infection in the breasts could be another reason to stop breast feeding due to starting the antibiotics course. However, it’s safe and actually recommended that mother continue breastfeeding when she has mastitis. The other concern that caused many mother start bottle for their baby is low milk supply. They should know that breastfeeding is a supply and demand process and frequent nursing and using mechanical pump machine can increase milk supply. Here is an interesting story about one of my friend who starts to increase the calories intake and changes her diet to her favorite one in post pregnancy based on the wrong myth that eat more equal more milk production for new born. This is wrong! As a nurse student in postpartum unit, I’ve been asked every day by mothers about the food that can increase milk and unfortunately it is hard to answer this question because there is no special diet for the healthy post pregnancy women while breastfeeding. After discussion with my teacher, we could have a valuable meeting with the dietician in this floor. Her respond to this question was quite amazing “they don’t need to make any major changes in diet, eat a well-balanced diet from all the food groups can help mother to have the good quality and quantity of the milk”. Her point of view about calories was interesting for me when she said “nursing moms should follow their hunger as a guide to how much they need to eat instead of counting calories. The exact amount depends on their weight, how much exercise they get, how the metabolism works, and how frequently they’re breastfeeding.” (1065 words)

Word count before Reading Response #8: 478 words

Word count after Reading Response #8: 1065 words

 

 

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