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Breastfeeding Moms Advised to Practice Personal Cleanliness and Healthy Lifestyles to Protect Babies

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Breastfeeding is an essential activity for the survival and growth of newborns. However, it is equally important for mothers to take care of their bodies and maintain good personal hygiene in order to keep their babies healthy. Mr. Samuel Atuahene Antwi, a Nutritionist for the Tema Metropolitan Health Directorate, gave this advice at the weekly “Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility” initiative organized by the Ghana News Agency’s Tema Regional Office.

Mr. Antwi urged breastfeeding mothers to wash their hands before breastfeeding and maintain a regular bathing routine. This is important to prevent infections and keep both the mother and infant healthy. He emphasized that the natural oils produced by the Montgomery glands in the nipple area preserve the nipple and skin while breastfeeding due to its anti-inflammatory characteristics.

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Breastfeeding must be done exclusively from zero to six months to ensure the child’s survival. Mr. Antwi advised moms not to clean their breasts or nipples before breastfeeding. Some moms avoid breastfeeding their babies when they have had contact with dirty materials. However, Mr. Antwi urged mothers to maintain a hygienic lifestyle to prevent their babies from becoming infected.

Maintaining personal cleanliness is important for every breastfeeding mother. They must thoroughly wash their hands before and after touching a dirty surface or changing a baby’s nappy. Mr. Antwi stated that even if a mother is covered in dirt or sweat, she can still breastfeed her child. However, maintaining a clean body, particularly the breasts and nipples, is crucial.

The second week of May every year is designated as Child Health Promotion Week. The theme for 2023 is “The Big Catch-up: Reaching Out to the Unreached with Child Interventions.” This year’s theme emphasizes the need to provide child interventions to all children, regardless of their location or social status.

For the most part, breastfeeding is an essential activity for the survival and growth of newborns. However, mothers must take care of their bodies and maintain good personal hygiene to keep their babies healthy. Maintaining a regular bathing routine and washing hands before breastfeeding is important to prevent infections. As we celebrate Child Health Promotion Week, let us emphasize the need for child interventions for all children.

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