The wooden rocking chair, by the window that overlooks the garden is one of my favourite places to rest - today’s contemplation: feathery snowfall.
As the new year begins, a conversation started about contemplation. A family member and I talked about our appreciation for nature and our appreciation of meeting and greeting new people for the first time, at family gatherings during holiday celebrations, for instance.
Not only did the talk bring the realization that we didn’t have the opportunity of doing so this year, nor last. But also, it offered a point of connection to an area pertaining to the BFHI/BFI implementation proces. Because many of us, by our workplace, naturally get to meet new people: Mothers, fathers, parents, babies, families.
As to better understand the nature of the connection, I wish to explore a specific point regarding the clinical practices that support breastfeeding/chestfeeding in maternal/parental-child-care settings. Namely helping to build maternal confidence when making contact with families. Such as when introducing oneself to the parent-baby dyad.
Let’s start by saluting all who are working to develop skills that reinforce the building of parental confidence. We can see how that serves to render “best support” in breastfeeding.
Seeing as health-care providers develop skills chiefly in the experience of offering counselling and support. For this reason, I would like to explore how a mentorship model had a positive influence on one’s acquisition of knowledge and learning of skills.
The story took place a long time ago. A parent-baby dyad sought consultation. Taken it was a new encounter, the consultant asked the parent if she|he could introduce her|himself to the baby, right from the start of the session. The parent consented, feeling valued and empowered by the means of one simple question - and changed for the better, as a result. In this case, the parent was privileged to work amongst parent-baby dyads him|herself.
Subsequently and ever since, upon meeting a new dyad the parent asks, in turn, if he|she could introduce him|herself to the baby. The approach was found to echo over the years. Perhaps because it is helpful in building maternal confidence right from the start, with one simple question. Promoting thus a hoped-for empowering environment by the manner of greeting.
May cordial greetings define your journey.
Manon Campagna, IBCLC
   World Health Organization. (2018). Implementation guidance: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised baby-friendly hospital initiative.(pp.18, 21, 43)
World Health Organization. (2020). Baby-friendly hospital initiative training course for maternity staff: trainer's guide.
MASTROTOTARO, G. (2020, April 7). Empowering Mothers.TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN BY SHEVAWN O’CONNOR La Leche League International. https://www.llli.org/empowering-mothers/
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