Experts: Terror should not hinder breastfeeding
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVIC
New mothers should be aware of the fact that nursing their babies
is good for t heir physical and emotional health.
Although tension over the terrorist attacks could deter new
mothers from nursing their babies, breastfeeding experts
said Sunday that they need only patience to succeed and
that doing so is good for both baby and mother.
The Israel Association of Certified Lactation Consultants
said that anxiety and stress are normal when attacks on Israel
interfere with the routine and women have to leave their homes
to sit in shelters or remain in fortified rooms.
New mothers should be aware of the fact that nursing their
babies is good for their physical and emotional health.
Production of mother’s milk is not prevented by stress.
The tension has only a temporary influence on nursing, they said,
even though it can cause dryness in the mouth, a fast heartbeat,
shaking and cold palms of the hands and feet. But after a few
moments of holding the baby, the release of milk will resume
because the body gets used to the situation quickly.
Women can use breast pumps if they have difficulty nursing;
women should not halt breastfeeding suddenly so that they
don’t could suffer from blockages, inflammation and infection,
they advised. Body contact between the mother and baby also
calms both of them, which is a definite benefit in difficult times.
Even women who are not eating properly because of the situation
can still breastfeed regularly. Nursing will also protect the infant
from infection by being exposed to poor hygienic conditions in
crowded public shelters.
The association, a member of the
International Lactation Consultant Association,
can be reached at www.iaclc.org.il.
Meanwhile, the Malhiv Center, located in Frankfort House in
Tel Aviv’s Hadar Yosef, said it would give free lactation advice
to any mother living under threat of terrorism from Gaza.
Call (03) 647- 2411 or visit its website at www.malhiv.co.il
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