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With information from Akemi Nitahara, from Agência Brasil

More than 170 countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week from 1 to 7 August. In Brazil, the month will be events to promote natural breastfeeding and improve the health of babies, within the actions of Golden August. The color was chosen by reference to the “gold standard” of breast milk quality.

This year’s slogan is Empowering Mothers, Fostering Breastfeeding: Today and for the Future !, with the aim of sensitizing society about the importance of all contributing to ensuring mothers the practice of breastfeeding. The campaign is carried out in the country by the Ministry of Health and the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics and organized by the National Reference Center for Human Milk Banks (BLH) and the National Institute of Women’s, Child and Adolescent Health Fernandes Figueira (IFF / Fiocruz ).

IFF / Fiocruz’s BLH manager, Danielle Aparecida da Silva, emphasizes the importance of the support network so that the mother can breastfeed optimally.

“Many times we think that breastfeeding is the woman’s, the mother’s thing. And it’s not. She needs to be supported to breastfeed and not get discouraged in the process, which is not that easy. It’s not just physiological, it has other issues. She needs support from her husband, mother, mother-in-law, society as a whole. ”

According to her, the support network of family, friends and colleagues can help reduce factors such as stress and even the mother’s confidence, which influence hormones and milk production and descent.

“Men wonder what they can do. If he caresses, makes a comfortable environment, arranges a cushion on his back, brings a glass of water. Participating in this moment will feel so empowered and will have this moment of affection with the family as a whole, creating this even greater bond with the baby. Grandma can offer healthier food, burp, change diapers. It is these little things that give women peace of mind to increase milk production. ”

The institute points out that breastfeeding provides all the nutrients the child needs for healthy development. The manager recalls that breastfeeding brings emotional, social, environmental, economic and health benefits to all of society and also needs the support of companies to provide adequate environments for mothers returning from maternity leave to store milk.

“Just as I can get an apple and eat on the street, the mother is just feeding her son. Which is much better, because it will not need any pot, it will not generate garbage or dirty the city streets. If we think that a breastfed child establishes a greater family bond with psychological and emotional aspects, we will have a better society in the future. And if breastfeeding protects health in early childhood and adulthood, public health spending will be lower with healthier adults. ”