It will improve the quality of beautiful infant formulas, nothing will ever be as perfect as the milk to bring the baby all the nutrients he needs.

Breastfeeding is not doing too badly in France, he is doing a lot better than it was 10 or 20 years. However, our country is lagging behind its European neighbors, the ETAS U.S. or Canada, with respect to a real national health campaign. At a time when real problems arise balanced diet, obesity, allergies or intolerance, it would be a real time information policy is put in place for young women. Especially as the number of pregnancies also increased slightly in recent years.

Statistics on breastfeeding

Difficult to get reliable figures regarding general breastfeeding in France. We know, thanks to my health generally followed the first three months, how many children are breastfed at birth: approximately 55%. Which is little compared with other European countries (some up to 90%). Three to four weeks after birth, half of the lactating mothers continue to breastfeed their child.

Information for young mothers on the qualities of breast milk

Any young parturient should receive comprehensive training well before the birth, the benefits of breast milk for the child’s health, but also to build his mother / child relationship.


Benefits for the child:

* Breast milk is tailored to the needs of the baby, and for that, it evolves over time according to age, but also between the morning and evening. The first milk, called colostrum, the breasts secrete from the last weeks of pregnancy, is a concentrated nutritional and immunological which protects the newborn infections. During the first weeks, the milk is thicker and fatter, to ensure good “start” growth. The morning milk is richer, offering the baby a “breakfast” complete and nutritious after his sleep. The evening milk is lighter and provides a quieter digestion for the night.
* It is free, available and always at the right temperature.
* Breastfeeding produces endorphins which provide relaxation and well-being of the mother as a baby.
* Mothers who breastfed are less prone to cancer of the breast, ovary and endometrium. This protection increases with duration of breastfeeding.

Problems of breastfeeding

Most women stop breastfeeding because of the disadvantages that occur during the first weeks due to lack of information solutions. Cracks, lack of milk, fatigue, painful engorgement or lymphangitis associated misconceptions about symbiotic relationship with the child too. Too many problems that do not receive information or prevention, or advice of medical supervisors themselves inadequately trained on the issue.There is no real obstacle to breastfeeding. The difficulties mentioned above are temporary and, most of the time, a cause that can be treated and eliminated. The ideal is to propose a prevention training to mothers before birth.

Working and Breastfeeding, is this possible?

Everything depends on the working conditions: time, travel time, state of stress of the mother. It is the latter to assess whether breastfeeding can enter its organization and emotional balance, or if, on the contrary, it represents an additional constraint which may create tensions and undermine the relationship with the child . You should know that partial breastfeeding is quite possible for many months. Milk production naturally decrease depending on the pace of feeds. It may be a morning feeding for a gentle wake up on both sides and a feeding in the evening for a hug soothing and conducive to sleep. The child and continue to benefit from breast milk, and the relationship between mother and child, abused by the resumption of work will still continue in good conditions.

Find support for breastfeeding

The Leche League offers educational guides very well adapted to the context of each country, and a number of national emergency 24h/24. In addition, it offers monthly meetings near you where mothers, children and facilitators consultants meet to share their fears, their stuff, their joys.