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Only 41% of infants in Brazil are breastfed

Only 41% of infants in Brazil are breastfed

According to data from the Ministry of Health, only 41% of infants under six months in Brazil are exclusively breastfed. The rate is similar to the world average, estimated at less than 40% by the WHO (World Health Organization). According to the organization, the ideal would be that 90% to 100% of children with this age group would be exclusively breastfed.

The Ministry of Health reported that this year's strategy to increase this percentage will make society aware that

At the opening of the event for World Breastfeeding Week, which took place this Monday in Rio de Janeiro, the Minister of Health , Alexandre Padilha, launched the Guide to the Rights of the Pregnant Woman, together with Unicef ​​(United Nations Children's Program). According to the Ministry of Health, breastmilk is all that the baby needs until six months of age. It is the goal of the publication to train health agents to convey information about the right of mothers to breastfeeding. It is an easily digestible food that works as a vaccine, protecting the child against diseases such as diarrhea, respiratory infections and allergies.

For mothers, breastfeeding contributes to postpartum weight loss and helps the uterus recover its normal size, reducing the risk of bleeding and anemia. Breastfeeding also decreases the chances of developing diabetes and breast and ovarian cancer.

End all your breastfeeding questions

Why does milk sour? Do you feel pain in the breast during breastfeeding, is it normal?

Does drinking beer help produce more milk? These and many other doubts afflict many mothers, especially first-time mothers. If this is your case, be sure to read our full dossier on breastfeeding. With the help of the international breastfeeding consultant, Evanguelia Kotzias Atherino dos Santos, we answer these and many other questions so that you can feed your child with all the tranquility that you and he deserve.

I have little milk. And now?

The more the little sucks or the breast is milked, the greater the milk production. That is: if he sucks more, more milk will get you. Another option to stimulate production is to take the milk yourself, with the hands or with the help of a bomb. You can keep it in the freezer for later offer or donate to a milk bank, which has food for other mothers.

Drinking cane juice and black beer gives more milk?

There is no scientific evidence. Some foods are called galactogogues because they would help increase milk production, such as fennel tea, cane juice, and black beer. But, attention: the alcohol, present in the beer, diminishes the milk production, as well as the nicotine of the cigarette and some medicines.

I think my milk is weak. How do I make it stronger? Do I need to supplement the baby's diet?

There is no weak milk. Actually, breast milk does not have the same consistency as cow's milk, for example, which is much thicker. But this watery appearance does not mean less nourishment. If you maintain a balanced diet and offer the breast whenever the baby asks, it will produce quality milk in the right amount, and do not need to supplement the baby's diet with anything. If, despite breastfeeding, the baby is not gaining weight or seems unsatisfied, crying a lot, talk to the pediatrician to find out the source of the problem.

Will my breast fall or be smaller if I breastfeed?

What happens is that during the months of pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts increase in volume too much your bra can grow up to three numbers. If you are prone to sagging, or if you gain a lot of stretch marks in the period, when you stop breastfeeding, you may get a sagging skin.But none of this is an excuse not to breastfeed! To prevent flaccidity and stretch marks, capriche hydration since pregnancy, using specific creams and always remember to wash the breasts before breastfeeding, so the baby does not eat the moisturizer. And try to wear good supportive bras, with wide straps, hoops, and tight buckles.

My milk stoned. What do I do?

The correct name for so-called sour milk is breast engorgement when the drink gets stuck in the breast because of inadequate sucking or incomplete emptying of the breast. This makes the breasts stiff, can cause a lot of pain and even a fever. If left untreated, the problem may develop into a mastitis, such as inflammation of the breast, which makes the breasts hot, red, sore, and sometimes pus. But prevention and treatment in both cases is simple: just let the baby suck hard enough to empty the breast, or do a manual milking, removing the milk with his hands.

My son does not like to breastfeed and , now, my milk is drying.

This is the number one excuse for many women to stop breastfeeding. Most often, the child's rejection happens because the mother walked around offering the baby bottle, nipples, and pacifiers. They confuse the child, who unlearns to breastfeed a more difficult exercise than to suck on the bottle.

Therefore, these accessories should be avoided at all costs in the first six months. All are extremely harmful to breastfeeding. They cause confusion of nails, bad formation of the dental arch and infections, among other problems, alert Evanguelia Kotzias Atherino dos Santos, international consultant on breastfeeding.

I have cracks in the chest that cause pain.

The fissures in the nipple are common in the first month, especially among first-time mothers. The skin of the areola is very thin and sensitive, and the baby's strong suctioning movements can cause cracks and pain.

To prevent it, try thickening the skin of the area by sunbathing, using bushes and leaving the breasts uncovered. As long as you can. The milk itself helps to heal, just spread it over the cracks. In severe cases, your doctor may recommend a healing ointment.

Prevent nausea and headache after supper

Prevent nausea and headache after supper

The Christmas and New Year parties are invitations to exaggerated consumption of alcohol and foods. "Very caloric and greasy meals and excess alcoholic beverages, common at this time, cause abdominal distension, nausea and headache the next day," says Patricia Ramos, nutritionist at Bandeirantes Hospital.


Protein rich foods: benefits and how to increase absorption

Protein rich foods: benefits and how to increase absorption

Protein is a large molecule made up of amino acids (small molecules). Protein has a structural role in the body being important for building and repairing muscles, forming cells, tissues, some hormones, and other body structures. The body uses the amino acids of the proteins we ingest to perform its functions.