Mothers’ Enthusiasm In Breastfeeding Their Babies For As Long As Possible

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Parents always have high regard in bringing up and taking care of their children. They are especially concerned with preventing childhood illnesses, which are very prevalent all over the world, and capitalizing on optimal health of their children. It was noted in the Philips Mother and Child Care Index that parents-to-be and new parents in the United States want to ensure a healthy future for their children in any way possible, such as breastfeeding their babies for as long as it can be.

A survey of 5,600 parents was made in the US, South Africa, China, India and Brazil about their prenatal care, breastfeeding experience, parent’s overall health and well-being, and factors like stress and sleep.

The eagerness of mothers to breastfeed was noted in the report of investigators. Ninety-five percent of the women told the team that they have at least attempted to breastfeed, while 35% said that they breastfed their babies for a period of 4-6 months. Moreover, 52% of them breastfed for a duration of 7-12 months. Seventy-two percent are willing to breastfeed for as long as they can. Furthermore, according to the survey, the top reasons for halting breastfeeding were pain, lack of milk supply, and returning to work.

The Director for Philips Center for Health and Well-being Katy Hartley inferred from the findings that parents give utmost value on breastfeeding, but there is lack of resources in helping them to cope well with possible problems.

According to the study, pain was the primary reason women stopped to breastfeed, while lack of supply made them give up breastfeeding for the 3rd to the 7th month. Forty percent of women all over the world and 67% of American mothers admitted that they halted breastfeeding because of lack of milk supply. In addition, 41% of mothers globally and 73% of American mothers have attended a breastfeeding course. Furthermore, two thirds of parents revealed economy and their ability to pay bills as primary stressors for them.

The Marketing Director of Philips AVENT Ron Tiktin elaborated that the recent IRS ruling (IRS Section 213 d), stating that expenses paid for breast pumps are deductible medical expenses, should encourage more commitment from mothers to breastfeed. The expenses can be reimbursed through Flexible Spending Arrangements, Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Health Savings Account. He further added that the Philips AVENT is willing in aiding parents to breastfeed for as long as possible through their breast pumps.

Ninety-six of parents optimized prenatal care by undergoing regular sonograms, 12-week scans and 20-week scans. Also, 89% of fathers and 64% of mothers had consultation with their GPs regarding health advice during pregnancy. These findings were part of the global survey of parents 18-40 years old initiated by the Philips Center for Health and Well-being.

Indeed, this study gave light to the commendable commitment of parents in giving their children a healthy and bright future. Many factors may hinder them before, but their health consciousness and state policies will help them cope effectively with arising problems.

 

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