Today’s routine activity of reading the paper in the early morning leaves me, as many, pensive.
It is from this state of pensiveness or reflectiveness from which emanated the following exposition of ideas.
As it is understood that reflection on practice leads to the refinement of clinical skills, focusing on the importance of breastfeeding|chestfeeding counseling in emergency settings is evident.
Let us begin with the conception that a general knowledge on breastfeeding|chestfeeding counseling is inherently gained by the implementation process of BFHI/BFI. In other words, it is estimated that counseling needs of families can be met with basic counseling competencies that harmonize with the family’s environment—A practice that promotes, supports, and protects breastfeeding|chestfeeding, put in place, and to which many are well accustomed to, in many settings.
Perhaps emergency preparedness may already be integrated into policy documents and counseling protocols made available to counselors in some facilities providing maternity and newborn services. Some competencies, such as help a mother to breastfeed when stressed, are applicable to all emergency settings and should therefore always be included in the set of core counseling competencies. (1)
It is important to note that emergencies come in many forms, irrefutably unexpected and disruptive, not only for the dyads seeking counseling but also for the counselors themselves.
A context for welcoming a sensitive approach, ensuring adequate counseling capacity, and creating a supportive environment for both parties.
Knowledge on the matter of counseling in stressful situations can help in addressing issues on breastfeeding challenges related to the emergency context: Addressing concerns about milk supply or about care of older children while in the health facility, for example.
Sensitive counsel may be helpful to empower parents and therefore influence their breastfeeding|chestfeeding journey, in any situation, including stressful and unexpected situations.
May peacefulness define your journey.
Additional resource: https://safelyfed.ca/home/safelyfed-europe/
(1) ENN, IFE Core Group (2021). Operational Guidance on Breastfeeding Counselling in Emergencies. www.ennonline.net/breastfeedingcounsellinginemergencies (ENN_7010)
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