This month rhythms with festivities, chilly weather and suitcases perhaps. For some, it is a time to visit family for the holidays or a weekend getaway to enjoy a winter (or summer) vacation. And for others, the suitcase ready in advance serves for an eventual stay at the perinatal unit, for the birth of the baby.
Not long ago, travel-related activities opened a dialogue on the subject of the suitcase. The exchanges allowed us to study the options regarding the traveler's luggage. What to bring in the bag, in cold season for example? And, more importantly, to maximize the space so that there is enough room to carry items back, should the occasion arise.
Hence, the idea for these writings, as the twelfth and last month of the year is just beginning. From the fact that packing a suitcase with a suggested list of items reminds one of a parent getting ready to leave for the birth unit.
In other words, the time spent in the perinatal unit is certainly a time for interaction aimed at supporting the parent in their nursing journey. An approach that promotes, supports and protects breastfeeding|chestfeeding|lactation. As seen in the settings where the process of implementing BFHI/BFI is underway.
An environment that is conducive not only to the acquisition of general knowledge about breastfeeding|chestfeeding counseling, which harmonizes with the family's environment during their stay in the healthcare unit. But also to gain knowledge about the far-reaching impact of arranging and orchestrating peer support services for families upon discharge from the unit.
So that each family will have something to take home as a souvenir of their experience - in their suitcase.
May enjoyable travels define your journey.
Manon Campagna, IBCLC
McLardie-Hore, F. E., Forster, D. A., Shafiei, T., & McLachlan, H. L. (2022). First-time mothers’ experiences of receiving proactive telephone-based peer support for breastfeeding in Australia: a qualitative study. International Breastfeeding Journal, 17(1), 1-10. Liberal translation.
Chang, Y. S., Beake, S., Kam, J., Lok, K. Y. W., & Bick, D. (2022). Views and experiences of women, peer supporters and healthcare professionals on breastfeeding peer support: A systematic review of qualitative studies. Midwifery, 108, 103299. Liberal translation.
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