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Birthlight Happy Infant Feeding

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August 07, 2020

Birthlight Happy Infant Feeding

A facilitating kit for happy infant feeding by Francoise Barbira Freedman



August 07, 2020


  1. Happy Infant Feeding: a facilitating kit Françoise Barbira Freedman University

    of Cambridge and Birthlight Trust
  2. Minutes after Birth ?  Infant feeding is the most

    frequently identified concern of new mothers  Promoting ‘happy feeding’ is a priority not only for the healthy growth of infants but also as a foundation of long term ‘mother-infant mutuality’
  3. Scientific evidence proves benefits of breastfeeding  Benefits to the

    baby  Benefits to the mother  Hidden benefits to the mother  Benefits to the mother-infant pair  Benefits to society
  4. Guidelines for best practice and manuals are widely available Evidence

    for the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding World Health Organization 2004  Sufficient evidence exists for the effectiveness of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, to fully justify extending the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, which is based on them, to all maternity facilities.
  5. Guidelines for best practice and manuals are widely available Evidence

    for the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding World Health Organization 2004  Renewed efforts should be made to strengthen those steps which relate to education, guidance and support for mothers before and after delivery, including after discharge from hospital, as they are the most clearly effective interventions.
  6. Yet our cultural trends show a different picture  ‘In

    our culture, parenting expertise is supposed to arrive with the baby, especially if you are the mother’ (B. Bennett 1991)  Postpartum care is ‘the Cinderella of maternity services’  ‘Informed choice’ may create more uncertainty at a vulnerable time
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  9. Message in a bottle!  Breast is best but bottles

    are more practical?  Most research on postnatal care show that new mothers are confused by conflicting professional advice on infant feeding  New mothers stop breastfeeding because of discomfort and loss of maternal confidence
  10. Macro facts - Micro processes  A  B 

  11. Quote by Michel Odent “…where breastfeeding is concerned, experts can

    only give information, or advice, or care. But breastfeeding mothers need more than that. They first need a shared self-confidence.”
  12. Encouragement to breastfeed can respect maternal choices  As early

    as 1984, Flint argued that the establishment of breastfeeding depended on the mother’s confidence in herself before and after the birth.
  13. Research points to combined interventions  Worldwide, investment in education

    and mothers’ support has proved cost- effective as a medium and long term health intervention.  It was found that cost-effectiveness was highest when programmes included the removal of formula and reduced the use of medications during delivery.
  14. Several sensitive periods need specific approaches  In late pregnancy:

    women express interest and concern but preoccupation with the birth prevails  The first hours after birth  The first three weeks after birth  8-12 weeks after birth These different stages are not often addressed due to fragmentation of care
  15. The first hours after birth are crucial…  It is

    essential for mothers and all health professionals to be aware that analgesia and anaesthesia during labour may be associated with problems in establishing breastfeeding, so that extra assistance and support can be provided. Rajan 1994
  16. It is EASE and MUTUAL COMFORT we are after! 

    It’s hard to relax with a stranger…  Mother knows best but when her mothering has been interfered with, simple steps can help mother and baby to actively bond with each other  Fathers also can take this role lovingly and competently
  17. Quote by Ashley Montagu …”The mother needs the baby quite

    as much as the baby needs the mother. The psychophysiological benefits which mother and child, the nursing couple, reciprocally confer upon one another in the continuing symbiotic relationship are vitally important for their further development.”
  18. Let’s turn the bag inside out and start packing again

     Ease in attaining intimacy and physical contact with baby facilitates feeding, which promotes greater intimacy  Mothers who enjoy feeding their babies feel better adjusted to their maternal role  At Birthlight, our focus is the mutual comfort and enjoyment of mother and baby, before and after birth
  19. The case for body-based practices  Rooting behaviour  Skin

    to skin contact  Touch needs  The pleasure of sleep  A hormonal involvement…oxytocyn
  20. Birthlight: a holistic approach from conception to toddlers  Taking

    the best of traditional practices…  In the light of scientific evidence  Adapting traditional practices to the needs of new parents and urban life- styles in post-industrial societies
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  22. Technique alone does not reach the heart

  23. New(old) techniques to better reach the heart through the brain

    Source: K.Uvnäs Moberg & D.K. Prime Infant VOLUME 9 ISSUE 6 2013
  24. A kit for ‘active bonding’  Irrespective of the mode

    of feeding, Active Bonding can best support mums in our present culture  Acceptance before best practice  Do relaxed mothers have an advantage?  Feeding must be placed in the context of crying, sleeping and nurturing skills. What does it take to have a bonny baby bang on the weight charts?
  25. Breathe & Relax Easy Stretch, Smile & Sing  Breathing

    awareness connects us to ourselves and helps us change our moods  Posture awareness ensures we do not tense muscles, particularly when holding babies  Relaxed stretches facilitate breathing, posture and relaxation together  Then mothers can feel at ease, smile at their babies and, why not, sing to them…
  26. Mother’s positioning comes first  Lower back support: where to

    place the cushion for best results  Spinal alignment  Tips for relaxing shoulders  Effortless comfortable cradling: relaxed support of the infant’s head and spine  If mum is well positioned, then she can help baby’s position as it suits them both
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  28. Tone from within  Let the outbreath draw in the

    abdos  Connect abdominal and lower back muscles  Add a pelvic floor connection  Enjoy the calm power of deep breathing  Energise and heal the Hara after birth
  29. ‘Instant relaxation’  Here Now  Releasing tension with the

    out-breath  ‘Emptying the gaze’  Discovering the calming power of 3 full breathing cycles  Memorising the feeling of letting go  Relaxing from ‘minding’
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  31. When mothers have to bottle feed, Active Bonding provides tools

    for communication in a non-judgmental way. Attentive breathing and joint relaxation during feeds have positive effects on the vagal systems of both mother and baby.
  32. ‘Deep rest’  Changes in sleep patterns are very challenging

    and contribute to sleep deprivation and increased anxiety  Accessing ‘deep rest’ makes up for disturbed sleep and facilitates naps  ‘Deep rest’ activates the feedback loop of positive hormones  Brains need ‘deep rest’ for growth and repair
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  34. Relaxed holds  Touch and movement are what babies need

    most  This applies to feeding as most instruction is static  We need: gentle body rocking relaxed cradling walking relaxation with newborns  For essential sensory integration
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  37. Mini-Moves around Feeding  Winding  Soothing  Inducing deep

    sleep after feeds
  38. Helping with the discovery of mutual rhythms  Body-based individual

    interactions between parents and babies are facilitated by rhythm awareness  Walking relaxation is very effective  Taking babies dancing can be a daily treat in the smallest of rooms
  39. Simple stretches for mums’ alignment and toning  Yoga postures

    and movements start from the pelvis and lower spine  Micro-movements elongate the deep layer of skeletal muscles  Simple yoga-based stretches get best results before and after birth, whatever women’s state of fitness  Common ailments are often relieved
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  41. Self-nurture Self-mothering  Support is the most important factor for

    the establishment of successful breastfeeding  But support is a rare commodity for new parents in our dislocated societies. ‘Creating community’ is a goal to work for and a rare achievement to celebrate  Yoga-based practices can help new mothers make the most of resources at hand by developing a relaxed, positive outlook
  42. Discovering and enjoying mutuality  Mutuality, not dependence  Communication

     Growth and expansion from day to day  Feeds as a special together time  Time well spent for both mum and baby  Managing ‘bad days’ and crises: feeding for healing and recovery
  43. Success Story

  44. ‘Joint relaxation’  Babies are our teachers  Babies are

    excellent yoga teachers  By observing how babies relax, we can learn to relax  Then we are able to communicate relaxation to babies when needed  Joint family relaxation to create a store of wellbeing together
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  46. Implementing an integrated approach to postnatal care  Midwives 

    Health visitors  GPs  NCT educators and counsellors  La Leche League support groups  Private lactation consultants  Baby Massage and Baby Yoga instructors  Touch Therapists working with infants  Cranio-sacral osteopaths
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  48. Colic

  49. ‘No guilt, no shame, no blame’ The Birthlight kit 1.

    Helps mothers continue breastfeeding 2. Helps mothers relactate 3. Can ease mixed feeding 4. Can support mothers who express milk 5. Facilitates ‘active bonding’ for all, irrespective of their choice of infant feeding patterns
  50. ‘Infant Joy’ is so simple when it’s there is a

    human right can be achieved now ‘Ananda’
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