Child Development and Public Health
My topic for child development and public health is Breast Feeding
I chose Breast feeding because it is the staple of child development Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat — everything your baby needs to grow. And it’s all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.
After the birth of my oldest daughter I was advised by my OB/GYN that I could not breast-feed due to health issues which could have been harmful to the child’s well -being. Even though I couldn’t feed her with breast milk, I was able to feed her every four hours with formula supplement. Breast-feeding is more natural and so beneficial for both mother and child. It allows the bonding for mother and child the first few hour of a baby’s life. “Nature just didn’t work for me.” Breast-feeding is one of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant. Breast-feeding wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for foremothers who breast-fed their babies 20years ago.( Pp.153 Berger). Given the importance of breast feeding for the health and well-being of mother and child, it is critical that actions are being taken across the country to support breast feeding. It’s now a trend for young mothers to breast-feed because it helps with weight loss for mothers and cognitive development for child. Hopefully my daughters will experience the wonderful world of motherhood in breast-feeding
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China is pro-breastfeeding. In contrast to the West almost all Chinese women plan to breastfeed. Breastfeeding in public is much more acceptable in China than in the West. Perhaps one explanation for the difference seen between statistics and real experience is that the statistics are for the whole of China. The major metropolitan cities you see a much bleak picture. For instance, in Shanghai, breastfeeding rates at 4 months are 22% compared to country side Chengdu at 76%. Target is 80% ( Jeremy & Jacquelyn).
In Africa, more than 95% of infants are currently breastfed, but feeding practices are often inadequate: feeding water, and other liquids, to breastfed infants is a widespread practice. Consequently, the rate of exclusive breast-feeding is low, particularly in West Africa. The rate of bottle-feeding is high in some countries (exceeding 30% in Tunisia, Nigeria, Namibia and Sudan) (Pub Med – indexed for MEDLINE)
Information that I have learned may impact the future of my work
I learn that any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect on the mother and child. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefit for a child life. A Child that breast feed tend to have high IQ that is less likely to drop out of school. Also breast-feeding is best for infants because the breast milk help them resist from disease and promotes growth of every kind. (Berger pp.158)
Retrieve from, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breastfeeding
Berger K.S.( 2010) The Development person Through Childhood (6thEd) New York, Ny: Worth Publishers