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The Magic Hour & The Magic of the First Six Months - #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

The Magic Hour & The Magic of the First Six Months - #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸 (1st August - 7th August) is an international campaign to spread awareness and support breastfeeding.

Established in 1992, today the campaign is also aligned with Sustainable Development Goals. The World Health Assembly passed a resolution in 2018 that hailed WBW as an important campaign to highlight breastfeeding.

This year's theme for WBW is - 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨: 𝘈 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺
When it comes to that first hour after the birth of your baby, apart from the precious moment of holding them in your arms for the very first time, what is also important is the magic hour. It is recommended you 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙣𝙚𝙬𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙗𝙞𝙧𝙩𝙝.

🤱🏽𝙒𝙃𝙔?
• For starters, it helps establish an almost immediate 𝙗𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚.
• As soon as the baby latches on to the breast, 𝙤𝙭𝙮𝙩𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙣 (the love hormone) is released which not only causes the uterine walls to contract and start the 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙪𝙡𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖 (reducing the risk of postpartum hemorrhage), but also initiates the production of 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙣 (the milk producing hormone) which had been suppressed all the while you were pregnant.
• A good latch soon after birth also sets the course for a healthy breastfeeding journey.
We recommend:
Baby-led attachment with the nursing parent in a semi-reclined breastfeeding position!
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𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 #BreastCrawl 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱?
Breast crawl is the wonderful (and rather inexplicable) phenomenon of your baby finding their way to your breast when they are placed on your belly or chest soon after birth.
The term was first coined in 1987 at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Research shows the five senses play a crucial role in breast crawl.
The 𝙨𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙩 of a mother
The 𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 of the nipple (high contrast)
The yearning for the 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚 of milk (which will have all the flavours the baby has tasted through the amniotic fluid in-utero)
Your voice (𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜)
Your 𝙩𝙤𝙪𝙘𝙝 (skin to skin)
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Things to keep in mind

• A proper latch is imperative.
• Keep an eye on the number of nappies/diapers (6-8 soaked per day).
• Your milk supply will regulate by around 3 months post partum.
• Reach out to your chosen community for support. You're going to need it.
• Check out Facebook support groups and Instagram support handles.
• WHO & UNICEF recommend newborns should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their life.
• This should be followed by continued breastfeeding with solids up to 24 months or longer.
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REMEMBER
• Breastfed babies should not be given water up to 6 months of age.
• Solid foods to be introduced after 6 months of age or as advised by your child's paediatrician.
• Even after the introduction of solids, breastmilk should be a part of your baby's diet.
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𝙁𝙤𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙉𝙄𝘾𝙐 𝘽𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙚𝙨:
Try skin-to-skin whenever you can. This will help the baby feel warm and safe. With the help of the nursing staff you can attempt to breastfeed a few hours after the delivery.
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Truly, there is nothing quite as magical as the first hour after birth for both you and your baby.
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#NotesFromTheNestery
#TheNestery #RootsAndWings #WBW2021 #WABA #ProtectBreasfteeding #SharedResponsibility #breastfeeding #SDGs #worldbreastfeedingweek2021
#ProtectBreastfeeding #SharedResponsibility #BreastCrawl
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