Many health organizations with worldwide validity, including the World Health Organization, emphasize that babies must be breastfed for the first six months, and that they can be breastfed up to 2 years after switching to complementary foods. The positive effects of breastfeeding on maternal and infant health are becoming more and more understandable day by day.
However, in many parts of the world, mothers are still deprived of the benefits of breastfeeding because they are not adequately supported. Only one in 200 women in the UK can breastfeed for more than a year. A new study from last year highlights the existence of other supportive women around women who can continue to breastfeed. Mothers who continue to breastfeed or receive support from other women who have breastfed before are able to breastfeed their babies longer.
Traditionally, the culture of supporting the breastfeeding mother was widespread in our country. Women living in large families who could seek advice from other experienced women in their family were generally more comfortable breastfeeding their babies. However, in today’s conditions, breastfeeding mothers may have difficulty in being together with other women who are breastfeeding their babies, and may feel alone in breastfeeding.
In recent years, with the increase of awareness about birth and breastfeeding, the number of experts and activists who support these issues has also increased. To get support with breastfeeding, you can:
Some nurses, midwives, psychologists or obstetricians; They can provide professional support to breastfeeding mothers by completing their breastfeeding counseling training. You can also research whether you can get support from such a specialist in the city where you live. It would be very beneficial to work with a lactation consultant if you do not feel comfortable with breastfeeding, especially if you think you have problems with breastfeeding.
Although it is not a common practice in our culture, people in America and Europe can form groups related to their common interests and meet regularly to socialize and meet their various needs. You can also try to organize events where you can meet and chat with women who are interested in breastfeeding in your neighborhood. Getting together with one or two of your breastfeeding friends from time to time and talking about your experiences while breastfeeding will open your horizons and change many things in a positive way.
Breastfeeding women and breastfeeding experts can come together online on social media and various forums. For example, you can reach other breastfeeding mothers and breastfeeding experts by becoming a member of groups such as “Breastfeeding Art” and “Breastfeeding Platform”, which are followed by thousands of members on Facebook.