Recently my attention was drawn to the different time zones. And, more specifically, the interesting notion of jet lag: The condition of feeling tired after a long flight across many time zones. (1)
Certainly, those who are implementing quality care programs such as BFHI/BFI might have an idea of what the following story entails. That is, the nursing pattern according to the baby’s expressed needs. In other words, to help a mother/parent recognize and respond to their infant’s cues, according to the infant’s cycle. The implementation process may also give the opportunity to deepen one’s understanding in ways of helping a mother/parent to prevent or resolve difficulties related to nursing, such as when their baby has specific needs in the cue-feeding aspect.
A parallel can be made by looking at jet lag in terms of how one feels and how one can reduce symptoms, in relation to how a mother/parent may feel when faced with a nursing difficulty, in terms of discerning their baby’s feeding cues. Then to the support that can be offered to the mother/parent-infant dyad to resolve the difficulty.
For the benefit of the dyad, in such a situation, it is helpful to understand that this difficulty can lead to early weaning from breastfeeding/chestfeeding. Moreover, using effective communication such as active listening can also help the mother/parent to:
—Enjoy skin to skin contact.
—See a plausible explanation for the baby’s difficulty in expressing the need to suckle.
—Protect their milk production; while waiting for their baby to show cues they are ready—then, offer further help with their latching technique.
—Put a few drops of milk on their baby’s lips, feed in another way like with a spoon.
—Place their baby close to the breast/chest—when they show signs and signals that they are ready to feed, when they are asleep or satiated, in a reclined position, amongst others, without any pressure.
—Enjoy exploring nursing at their baby’s pace.
Praising the mother/parent, while guiding their movements by voice, certainly contributes to reinforcing their confidence in their abilities as well as in those of their baby, to nurse, in time.
May good times define your journey.
(1) - World Health Organization. (2021). Infant and young child feeding counselling: an integrated course: trainer’s guide.
- Inspired by : World Health Organization. (2020). Competency verification toolkit: ensuring competency of direct care providers to implement the baby-friendly hospital initiative
- Les voyageurs âgés. (2022, July 26). Voyage.gc.ca. https://voyage.gc.ca/voyager/sante-securite/voyageurs-ages Site consulted on 24-08-22
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