Breastfeeding is a major theme at all AL-SE DSEI Base Centers in August
August is the month of breastfeeding instituted by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, has been encouraging breastfeeding in the indigenous health actions carried out in the villages through the Indigenous Special Sanitary Districts (DSEI).
The nutritionist of the Alagoas and Sergipe DSEI, Catherine Padilha, says that currently breastfeeding is being replaced by the frequent use of bottle with artificial milk. "This situation is worrying because it leads to early weaning and consequently a food introduction in the wrong way and also at the wrong time," she says.
For this reason, the Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Teams (EMSI) are working with family health in indigenous communities throughout the year to encourage breastfeeding until the age of two. "Breast milk is a rich food with all the nutrients necessary for this stage of life, exclusively up to six months and in a complementary way up to two years of age," explains Catherine.
Scientific studies prove the superiority of breast milk over the milk of other species. Breastfeeding also promotes the affective bond between mother and child, and there is scientific evidence to suggest that breastfeeding reduces the risk of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity and can also prevent cancer.
During the month of August, awareness was reinforced in all 13 base centers of the Alagoas and Sergipe DSEI, mainly in the villages of the Kariri Xoco ethnic group, near the urban area, where many indigenous people end up weaning their babies before the recommended period. The EMSI carried out conversation and educational activities with the groups of pregnant women to deal with pregnancy, personal transformation, preparation for physiological delivery and conscious motherhood.
Orientations are given from the first prenatal consultation so that, during the 9 months of pregnancy, the mother understands the importance of promoting exclusive breastfeeding.