- Mothers should understand the importance of breast milk and the advantage of maintaining hygiene in breast feeding.
- Proper hygiene is essential in caring for the breast while breast feeding especially it guards the child from suckling foreign substance
- For a child to be successful, hygiene instruction is not the only thing they should be given. Actually, before a woman breast feeds, she has to be clean
- Breast milk helps to improve relationship between the baby and the mother. Actually it is bondage
Arua- A section of women may ignore the personal hygiene while breastfeeding. But it is important to keep the breast clean before one breastfeeds.
Personal hygiene is something that keeps it clean, healthy and promotes positive self-image.
Most parents teach their children personal hygiene techniques when they are young so they can care for themselves as they age. But sometimes parents tell their siblings if you really have love for your kid, why can’t you take proper care of this child?
Ms Asia Mindreru, a mother, said that that she manages to maintain hygiene by always wearing braziers with breast pads to keep the breast clean. “And before I breastfeed, I have to clean the breast and the hands of the baby because they feel affectionate love when touching the breast. I fear baby touching the breast while the hand is dirty. There could be some germs and can cause infection,” she said.
Any other thing she would do is that if she does not get time to bath three times a time or if she is busy, she cleans are nipple before the baby breast feeds.
A Nursing officer of Food and Nutrition at Arua referral hospital, Rita Kareo, explains that: “Give your baby the best of the breast by maintaining proper breast hygiene. This is not only for the sake of your baby but for your health as well.”
This, she said is a complete meal, it has all the required food value a baby needs. It is cheap, always ready and available.
Kareo said it protects the baby against infections in that breast milk contains anti bodies which the baby will get to fight infections up to six months. The baby and her mother have intimacy the baby feels loved and the mother feels she also loves her baby.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of acute infections such as diarrhoea, pneumonia, ear infection, haemophilus influenza, meningitis and urinary tract infection.
This makes them plan for their families, the longer you feed a baby the longer reproductive system is not ready for another baby. This helps them to space their children which makes the mother to recover and the mother has longer time with her baby.
Why breastfeeding is important
Breastfeeding is unparalleled in providing the ideal food for infants. Breast milk is safe, clean and contains antibodies which help protect the infant against many common childhood illnesses.
The protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding rank among the most effective interventions to improve child survival. It is estimated that high coverage of optimal breastfeeding practices could avert 13% of the 10.6 million deaths of children under five years occurring globally every year.