Recent studies reveal that all doctors should encourage women more on breastfeeding their kids, although some other alternatives are still available for mothers who are unable to breastfeed.
The United States Preventive Service Task Force has recently issued the latest guidelines on breastfeeding initiatives within the country’s hospitals. After reviewing the data from many hospitals, the officials discovered that these efforts encourage women only at the individual level.
More precisely, counseling turned out to be effective, whereas large interventions in hospitals didn’t work. By using these public initiatives, doctors recommended mothers to avoid using pacifiers and formula.
Although many efforts are being made, recent research suggests that women don’t breastfeed long enough. According to the statistics, 80 percent of mothers breastfed their children immediately after delivery back in 2012, while just half of them kept breastfeeding their babies at six months.
Worse, less than 30 percent of them continued doing this when they babies were one-year-old. Scientists hope that by revealing these statistics, they will raise awareness among women who will understand that breastfeeding is a crucial part of their role as mothers.
Also, doctors will try to find better strategies to address this issue and properly inform women about the importance of breastfeeding. However, there are other solutions such as pacifiers which can lessen the risks of sudden infant death syndrome, the leading death cause among newborns.
In addition, women shouldn’t just breastfeed their children for the first six months but also mix this diet with special tea to prevent their babies from dehydrating. The breastfeeding project is part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) supported by the World Health Organization.
This initiative includes ten policy steps which aim to increase breastfeeding rates among women. On the other hand, the USPSTF officials believe that projects such as the one promoted by BFHI have no solid proof that their interventions can be considered effective and safe.
On the other hand, the agency underlines that doctors should advise their patients individually by taking into account their work environment, concerns, and needs because all women must have access to breastfeeding education and counseling before and after they become mothers. This way, they will be better informed and will understand their role and how to make sure that their children will have a healthy development.
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