Why men must suck pregnant partners’ breasts regularly
On Thursday in Lagos, staff from Amuwo Odofin Maternal and Child Centre (AOMCC) participated in a sensitization and awareness programme to commemorate the 2021 World Breastfeeding Week.
Roseline Oladimeji, a Chief Nursing Sister, has advised pregnant women to let their husbands suck their breasts to prepare them for breastfeeding after delivery.
On Thursday, Oladimeji advised a sensitization programme organised by Amuwo Odofin Maternal and Child Centre in Festac Town, Lagos, to mark the 2021 World Breastfeeding Week.
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“Let your husband suck your breasts while you’re pregnant. It will help the nipples to be out and make it easier for your baby to latch on, in addition to bonding.
“You can also apply Vaseline to your nipples before going to bed at night. It softens it,” the nursing sister explained.
She advised expecting mothers to prepare their breasts during pregnancy to avoid lactation issues after delivery.
She went on to say that colostrum, which is the first milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals (including humans) after the birth of a baby, contains nutrients that help boost the baby’s immunity.
She explained, “It’s still breast milk.”
Certain foods, herbs, and medications, according to Oladimeji, can harm babies if they cross into breast milk.
She was especially concerned that drinking palm wine to help with lactation might introduce alcohol into the baby’s system while breastfeeding.
Oladimeji also advised mothers to avoid seeking advice from people who are not qualified to care for babies to avoid harming their children.
Ms Gbemisola Ogundipe, the hospital’s dietician, also advised lactating mothers to eat balanced meals and drink plenty of water to increase the volume and quality of their breast milk.
“Meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables should be included in the meals of a breastfeeding mother. She should drink a glass of juice or a smoothie as well.
“She should drink more fluids, which can include water, milk, yoghurt, ice cream, and pap,” she advised.
Ogundipe also advised mothers not to wean their babies before they reach the age of one year, citing the common misconception that breast milk turns to blood when a child reaches that age.
She claims that exclusive breastfeeding benefits not only the babies but also the mothers and their families, as it helps the mother regain her pre-pregnancy weight and relieves financial stress.
According to the Nigerian News Agency, the theme of the 2021 World Breastfeeding Week was “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.”
According to NAN, the World Health Organization and UNICEF say that, despite progress in breastfeeding rates over the last four decades, rates in Nigeria are declining as people get older.
Exclusive breastfeeding rates increased from 17% in 2013 to 29% in 2018, according to a joint statement released by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
They did say, however, that the estimated 42 per cent of children in Nigeria who are breastfed within one hour of birth is still less than 50%.
“Breastfeeding rates in Nigeria decreased as women got older – 83 per cent of children are breastfed for the first year, and 28% are breastfed for two years.
It stated, “It will show that the proportion of children who are not breastfeeding increases with age.”
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