Breastfeeding

BREASTFEEDING 5

HealthPromotion plan on breastfeeding for poor mothers

entails the process by which infants suckle from their mothers.Medical practitioners recommend breastfeeding to be done for six totwelve months. However, many women are not meeting thisrecommendation. Different reasons are attributed to the failure ofwomen meeting the recommended duration. Ignorance can be termed asone of the main reasons why women do not meet the recommendedbreastfeeding duration. Many women ignore the importance of breastfeeding. According to research conducted, poverty is another aspectthat makes women terminate breastfeeding before the recommendedduration is met as the document discusses. The document below alsodevelops a plan that is aimed at helping the breastfeeding poor women(Dalzell et al., 2010).

Discussion

is a very crucial thing to both the woman and the child. It should,therefore, be taken with great concern. The health care plan is,therefore, important to ensure that lactating women are enlightenedabout the importance of breastfeeding. The plan`s main goal is toensure poverty does not hinder women from breastfeeding until therecommended duration. The plan will involve medical practitioners aswell as other social workers who will be obligated to teachbreastfeeding women about its importance. They will also help inteaching the poor women that breastfeeding does not require manyresources but only eating a balanced diet. This will help women tofeel motivated to breastfeed irrespective of their financial status.The plan will also advocate the intervention of government and othernongovernmental organizations to help breastfeeding women who are notfinancially stable to acquire their necessities (Trotter, 2004).

Thereare various reasons why poor women terminate breastfeeding before therecommended duration. One of the reasons is that they opt to stopbreastfeeding so that they may involve themselves in economicactivities to get money. Another reason is that some women do not eathealthy especially when they are expectant, therefore, becomingincapable of breastfeeding due to lack of strength. Similarly lack offood when lactating may make the mother to lack milk to breastfeed.This would lead to the poor women terminating breastfeeding. Poorwomen lack knowledge about the importance of breastfeeding. Thismainly takes place as a result of failing to visit health clinicswhere health education is offered, and others give birth at homes dueto lack of funds (Lawrence, 2010).

has a number of advantages to the infants. One of the merits is thatit help in supplying the essential nutrients in the right proportions(Bai&amp Indiana University, 2007).It also helps in protecting the infants against sickness, allergies,as well as obesity. also protects infants againstvarious diseases such as diabetes and cancer. is alsoessential in the sense that it protects the infants from variousinfections. A good example of such infections is ear infections.Breast milk is highly digestible. This act as an advantage to theinfants since it protects them from constipation, upset stomach ordiarrhea as opposed to other forms of food. ensuresinfants have healthy weights as they grow. Research also has proventhat breastfed babies, normally higher scores on IQ tests as opposedto non-breast fed infants (Trotter, 2004).

Socialworkers and health care providers have a great role in ensuring womenhave relevant knowledge pertaining breastfeeding. However, for theirwork to be effective they have to develop an efficient plan. Thebrochure is one of the plans that have potential of playing aneffective role in educating women. They need to develop brochuresthat clearly explain the benefit of breastfeeding. However, for thebrochures to be helpful, they must be in a language that will beeasily understood by all the women. The brochures should hence be indifferent translations to cater for all groups of women including theunlearned. The brochure should also incorporate pictures that willenforce the information explained, for example, a picture showing thedifference a breastfed infant and a non-breastfed infant (Lawrence,2010).

Theplan will also require the social workers and health care providersto go door to door issuing as well as educating the women with thehelp of the brochures. This will impart the women with the knowledgeand also motivate them to read the brochures. For the ultimateimplementation of the plan to be realised, the social workers andhealth care providers will have to do a follow up. This will helpthem to know whether the women understood what they were taught andwhether they are putting the education into practice. This plan willhave greatly helped the women in enlightening them and hence theywill give breastfeeding the necessary attention. The plan will alsorequire the social workers and health care providers to mobilizeorganizations that will support lactating women in all means possible(Dalzell et al., 2010).

Conclusion

Infantsare very crucial in the society. is very essentialsince it will determine how the child will grow up. It should,therefore, be mobilized by all parties responsible for making surethat every woman embraces it irrespective of their financial status.If all women embrace breastfeeding, the community will be composed ofhealthy people.

References

Bai,Y., &amp Indiana University, Bloomington. (2007). Factorsinfluencing continuation of exclusive breastfeeding for six months:An application of the theory of planned behavior.(Dissertation Abstracts International, 68-11.) Bloomington, Ind.:Indiana University.

Dalzell,J. M., Rogerson, E., &amp Martindale, L. (2010). :Contemporary issues in practice and policy.Oxford: Radcliffe Pub.

Lawrence,R. A. (2010). :A guide for the medical professional.Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders.

Trotter,S. (2004). :The essential guide.Prestwick: Trotters Independent Pub. Services.