Continuing my theme of World Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to comment on how midwives support breastfeeding--primarily through a model of care that supports healthy birth. Healthy, undisturbed birth leads naturally to healthy, undisturbed breastfeeding.
"Solid scientific evidence shows that returning to birthing practices that preserve normalcy can accomplish many things: faster, easier births; healthier, more active and alert mothers and newborns; and mother-baby pairs physiologically and optimally ready to breastfeed." -Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding, by Mary KroegerThe midwives model of care humanizes birth and involves fewer routine practices and interventions that interfere with breastfeeding. You can read more about this topic in a previous post.
The Midwives Model of Care involves:
- Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- Minimizing technological interventions
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention