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BREASTFEEDING

Breast milk is unquestionably the best nourishment that you can give to your child in their first months of life at present.  So says the Wold Health Organisation, and it  recommends exclusively breastfeeding in the first six months of life and to complete their nutrition with other food until they turn two.

You can start breastfeeding since the first hour of life and you must only give your child breast milk. The female body has a sofisticated nutrition system for the baby that encourages the development of their digestive system,  it reduces the risk of colics, improves the immune system against infections such as otitis and dhiarreas and it also reduces the risk of sudden death. Breastfeeding also benefits the mother: breast milk accelerates the recovery process after childbirth, reduces the risk of developing ovary and breast cancer and encourages loss of the weight gained during pregnancy.

Breast milk is the first natural nourishment for children. Components in breast milk vary as the caloric and nutritional needs of the infant augment. Also, physical contact and odour exchange encourages a sensation of well-being and calm in the baby and creates an affective bond that leaves a trace in the future conformation of the baby’s identity.

 

“Feed your baby exclusively on breast milk in their first months”.

“Breast milk reduces the risk of sudden death, colics, otitis, dhiarreas and other infections”.

Although the benefits of breastfeeding are definite, some women are not capable of breastfeeding their children after having opted for this type of nutrition. It is therefore important to highlight that breastfeeding entails a great dedication and effort on the part of the mother.

It is important to remember that regardless of the benefits in breastfeeding, the mother has a right to chose the type of nutrition she wants to give to her baby based on her personal and employment situation, once she has been duly informed on the benefits and risks for each type of nutrition.

MMR Vaccin 

A million children die victims of measles in the world. Hence the importance of immunizing all children with the MMR vaccin, a combined vaccin that protects people against measles, rubella and mumps. The efficacy of the vaccin is very high (more than 95%) and it is administered in two doses, both for children and adults. The secondary effects are very mild.

Measles is very contagious and sometimes it can be severe due to its complications. It starts with a cold and a fever that increases as the days go by. This is the most contagious stage. Three or four days after red stains appear on the skin. This is why the MRR is so important.

Rubella is contaged through the resporatory tract. If a woman who is pregnant it can cause miscarriages or the baby can get infected with rubella leaving very severe consequences: deafness, blindness or mental impairment. Since the introduction of the MMR vaccin, incidence of this disease has dicrease by 95% in Spain.

Parotiditis or mumps is a very contagious disease. It is characterised by an augmentation of the sailvary glands after 2-3 weeks. The swelling often is accompanied by fever, headaches and general unease. The symptoms can be mild but sometimes there can be complications such as meningitis.

The vaccin is indicated for children from 12 months old and preadolescents, in adults that are not vaccinated and who have never had the disease as well as for adults in contact with a case of mumps.

“The vaccin is indicated for children from 12 months old and preadolescents, as well as for adults who are not vaccinated and who have never had the disease”.

“Measles, rubella and mumps are very contagious diseases”.

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