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Breastfeeding: Training and Counseling

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Support mothers to successfully breastfeed their babies and teach techniques.
According to research, lactation counseling has significantly resulted in women breastfeeding their babies for longer durations.[1]
- A form of training and providing reassurance and support to help lactating mothers breastfeed
- Provides information and techniques to help successfully breastfeed
- Problem sharing, problem-solving, and encouragement

Breastfeeding plays an important role in a child’s growth and health. Counseling benefits a mother by teaching her techniques to breastfeed, overcome difficulties in latching, know and understand the advantages of lactating, and positioning a baby, besides mentioning the risks and side effects of not breastfeeding.

When is it required?

Mother disregarding breastfeeding: when it is important to make a mother understand the benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother’s and child’s health.

When the mother is under medications: while using medication(s) for other illness(es), the mother should be explained how to breastfeed and take necessary precautions.

HIV infected mothers: it is important to counsel an HIV-infected mother well on how to breastfeed and provide an HIV-free life to the baby.

Mother unable to breastfeed properly: when the mother is unable to breastfeed well, a counselor should help by supporting her.

Steps for counseling
Assessing the situation: to know about the situation before understanding the technique.

Problems and information gaps: what is the mother undergoing and missing out, looking into what she does not/should know, and addressing her concerns.

Alternatives: providing strength, talking about benefits to her, and discussing the situation.

Solutions: listening actively and providing needful information, steps and techniques and reassuring support.

Review: looking into how the counseling is helping her and doing the needful in further stages.

If you need counseling for any similar issue, our team of experts at mfine shall offer you their cooperation and guide you.

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