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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.”
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
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?
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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