From the Experts

Knowledge is power: how skilled breastfeeding counselling helped my journey as a new mom

When I first found out I was pregnant, like most first-time moms, I was over the moon and racked with worries about how I’d adjust to this new addition. Dreaming of life with baby meant trying to prepare for almost anything – would my delivery go smoothly, would they be a good sleeper, would I be able to breastfeed the way I had planned?

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Breastfeeding – from mine to theirs

Motherhood is a beautiful, yet complicated, and life-changing event that I experienced fifteen years ago when my daughter came into this world (albeit three weeks early). Sindhushree, who we lovingly call Sana, was born by a lower segment caesarean section. After only having gotten a fleeting glance at her without my glasses, my daughter was promptly shunted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit due to my gestational diabetes status. Despite requests from my family and myself, I was not allowed to breastfeed my baby within the first hour of birth. The next few days passed in a blur without any counselling. An inverted nipple on one side and a cracked one on the other made breastfeeding difficult and painful. However, and contrary to many opinions, things eased out over the next few days, and I am happy and proud that I continued breastfeeding for the following two years.

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#NutritionCantWait — Asia Coordination Group launches advocacy campaign

By: Irshad Danish, Regional Coordinator SUN Civil Society Asia, Nutrition International and Alison Farnham, Action for Development The COVID-19 pandemic is a health and human crisis that also threatens the food security and nutrition of millions of people around the world. Low- and lower-middle-income countries are most affected because before the pandemic they already had
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