Child Development and Public Health

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I chose breastfeeding for my public health measure that impacts children’s development because if I wouldn’t have breastfeed my oldest son David he wouldn’t be alive today. When he was born he had health issues. When he was born his skin was very dry and scaly, he had asthma that wasn’t officially diagnosed until he was three and he had severe allergies. His severe allergies would cause him to projectile vomit and stop breathing. So the doctors tried different formulas thinking that he was allergic to my breast milk. They were somewhat right however, I soon learned how to help solve that problem. They tried normal formulas and special formulas for allergic babies and none worked. So he was losing weight and didn’t look healthy. Finally they had an allergy specialist in and he suggested that I eat the same thing for three days and if David didn’t get sick I could add it to the list of foods that he could handle. So I did this for David’s first year of life and I then had a list of foods he could tolerate. It was hard however definitely worth it for my sons health and I would do it again and again to have him here with me today.

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Today this is common when a child has sensitivity to foods. However when David was young they hadn’t really learned how to understand babies and allergies. When David turned three they did allergy testing on him at the hospital because many things made him stop breathing and they wanted appropriate medical equipment ready.

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Breastfeeding has been an important asset since the world began. Women didn’t even think to use anything else until formulas began being introduced. The important thing about breastfeeding is that the mother needs to eat a healthy diet to make sure the infant is happy and healthy. In my son’s case I had to add foods in increments to make sure he could tolerate them. I started with vegetables and then added fruits and then added beans and so on. He couldn’t tolerate milk or dairy so that was completely eliminated from my diet.

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Today around the world women continue to breastfeed their children. Women no longer feel intimidated by breastfeeding and they freely nurse wherever they are. When David was an infant I went to the other room to breastfeed in privacy. My daughter and daughter-in-law didn’t ever leave the room or feel they needed to cover up. This has definitely changed over time.

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As I looked online for pictures and reading about breastfeeding around the world I found out that there is a word breastfeeding week in August. Did you realize that 8.8 million children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes (Corporate Voices for Working Families, 2010). Through research findings breastfeeding is an early intervention for children who are breastfed within the first two years. The “World Health Organization and UNICEF” have come up with Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding (Corporate Voices for Working Families, 2010). The goal of these steps is to encourage hospitals around the world to adhere to these steps and put them into action in their Maternity services given. The hospitals that chose to use these steps were certified as being Baby Friendly (Corporate Voices for Working Families, 2010). Today more than 150 countries are certified as Baby Friendly Hospitals (Corporate Voices for Working Families, 2010) and some nations are working towards supporting their communities on breastfeeding. However only 37 % of mothers worldwide are breastfeeding their infants, and only 25% of hospitals are Baby Friendly (Corporate Voices for Working Families, 2010). So in 2010 the World’s Breastfeeding Week’s focal point was on the Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding (Corporate Voices for Working Families, 2010). The goal was to make these steps part off all health care facilities.


Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding”

  1. Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should: Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
  1. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  2. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth.
  3. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they should be separated from their infants.
  4. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated.
  5. Practice rooming-in – allow mothers and infants to remain together – 24 hours a day.
  6. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  7. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
  8. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.(UNICEF, 2016).

Today breastfeeding is just as important to a young child’s health as in the past. The important thing is there is now research to back up the importance of breastfeeding. Women need to stay on a healthy diet while they breastfeed and drink plenty of water. As we make this information available to women throughout the world we are saving the lives of our future generations. Have a marvelous week!





Corporate Voices for Working Families, (2010). Celebrating World

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 UNICEF, (2016). World Health Organization. Ten Steps to Successful

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2 thoughts on “Child Development and Public Health

  1. Our workforce needs to be more supportive in order for moms to continue breastfeeding. Many moms breastfeed their babies but when they get ready to go back into the workforce many of them choose to start bottle feeding because they know they wont be given time to pump. 😦


    1. Hello Erika,
      I appreciate you replying to my post. In today’s workforce many moms still breastfeed by either pumping their milk or leaving and returning so they can breastfeed their infant. That isn’t always possible and bottle feeding is a understandable option. When an infant has health issues breastfeeding can be a better alternative. Have a marvelous week!


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