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Description of the Learner: The learners are first time mothers who just delivered their baby in the institution
of Baguio General Hospital Medical Center and needs health teachings regarding breast feeding for their
baby’s health and welfare.

LEARNING NEED: Importance and Advantages of BREAST FEEDING

LEARNING DIAGNOSIS: Lack Knowledge Deficit: Breast Feeding related to inadequate information regarding
breast feeding

GOAL: TO have adequate knowledge about breast feeding


The pneumonic of
After an hour of  Proper
health teaching, latching on
lactating mothers  Signs of
will be able to hunger 8 minutes One on one Instant
understand and  Breast self discussion with feedback
appreciate the care visual aids
importance and  Benefits of
benefits of breastfeedi
breastfeeding, and ng to the
will be able to mother
know and learn the  Benefits of
correct latch-on Breast
and positioning feeding to
during the infant
Benefits to the Child Later in Life Benefits to the Mother

Some benefits of breastfeeding become apparent as the Studies indicate that breastfeeding helps improve
child grows older. Among the benefits demonstrated by mothers' health, as well as their children's. A woman
research: grows both physically and emotionally from the
 Infants who are breast-fed longer have fewer relationship she forms with her baby. Just as a woman's
dental cavities throughout their lives. breast milk is designed specifically to nourish the body
of an infant, the production and delivery of this milk
 Several recent studies have shown that children aids her own health. For example:
who were breast-fed are significantly less likely to
become obese later in childhood. Formula feeding  Breastfeeding helps a woman to lose weight after
is linked to about a 20 to 30 percent greater birth. Mothers burn many calories during lactation
likelihood that the child will become obese. as their bodies produce milk. In fact, some of the
weight gained during pregnancy serves as an
 Children who are exclusively breast-fed during the energy source for lactation.
first three months of their lives are 34 percent less
likely to develop juvenile, insulin-dependent  Breastfeeding releases a hormone in the mother
diabetes than children who are fed formula. (oxytocin) that causes the uterus to return to its
normal size more quickly.
 Breastfeeding may also decrease the risk of
childhood cancer in children under 15 years of  When a woman gives birth and proceeds to nurse
age. Formula-fed children are eight times more her baby, she protects herself from becoming
likely to develop cancer than children who are pregnant again too soon, a form of birth control
nursed for more than six months. (It is important found to be 98 percent effective -- more effective
to note that children who are breast-fed for less than a diaphragm or condom. Scientists believe
than six months do not appear to have any this process prevents more births worldwide than
decreased cancer risk compared to bottle-fed all forms of contraception combined. In Africa,
children.) breastfeeding prevents an estimated average of
four births per woman, and in Bangladesh it
 As children grow into adults, several studies have prevents an estimated average of 6.5 births per
shown that people who were breast-fed as infants woman.
have lower blood pressure on average than those
who were formula-fed. Thus, it is not surprising  Breastfeeding appears to reduce the mother's risk
that other studies have shown that heart disease of developing osteoporosis in later years. Although
is less likely to develop in adults who were breast- mothers experience bone-mineral loss during
fed in infancy. breastfeeding, their mineral density is replenished
and even increased after lactation.
 Significant evidence suggests that breast-fed
children develop fewer psychological, behavioral  Diabetic women improve their health by
and learning problems as they grow older. Studies breastfeeding. Not only do nursing infants have
also indicate that cognitive development is increased protection from juvenile diabetes, the
increased among children whose mothers choose amount of insulin that the mother requires
to breastfeed. postpartum goes down.

 In researching the psychological benefits of breast  Women who lactate for a total of two or more
milk, one researcher found that breast-fed years reduce their chances of developing breast
children were, on average, more mature, assertive cancer by 24 percent.
and secure with themselves as they developed.
 Women who breastfeed their children have been
shown to be less likely to develop uterine,
endometrial or ovarian cancer.
 The emotional health of the mother may be the bond of a nursing mother and child is stronger
enhanced by the relationship she develops with than any other human contact. Holding the child
her infant during breastfeeding, resulting in fewer to her breast provides most mothers with a more
feelings of anxiety and a stronger sense of powerful psychological experience than carrying
connection with her baby. the fetus inside her uterus. The relationship
between mother and child is rooted in the
 A woman's ability to produce all of the nutrients interactions of breastfeeding. This feeling sets the
that her child needs can provide her with a sense health and psychological foundation for years to
of confidence. Researchers have pointed out that come.