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Breastfeeding around the world

Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Nursing is a wonderful experience for both mother and baby. It provides ideal nourishment and a special bonding experience that many nursing mothers cherish.

The reason why I choose breastfeeding is because when you breastfeed your baby you will experience the bonding between the mother and the baby. Also, when parents breastfeed their baby, the cost of milk it free.  I think that breastfeeding is the best way to help the baby to grow.

Breastfeeding protects your baby from a long list of illness. Numerous studies from around the world have shown that stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis occur less often in breastfed babies and are less severe when they do happen. Exclusive breastfeeding (meaning no solid food, formula, or water) for at least six months seems to offer the most protection.

One large study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences showed that children who are breastfed have a 20 percent lower risk of dying between the ages of 28 days and 1 year than children who weren’t breastfed, with longer breastfeeding associated with lower risk.

Breastfeeding around the world

The Philippines is one of the leaders in international efforts to promote and protect women’s right to breastfeed. The country has implemented laws to control aggressive marketing by formula companies and their false claims that formula makes babies smarter. The WHO estimated that the nation’s total lost wages from caring for formula-fed children with diarrhea and acute respiratory infections during the first six months of life was 1 billion pesos ($23.4 million). Eighty-eight percent of Filipino babies are breastfed at birth and 34% are exclusively breastfed up to five months of age.

While 95% of Indian infants are breastfed at birth, roughly 46% of infants are exclusively breastfed in India, according to UNICEF. Similar to Sierra Leone, many in rural areas believe colostrum is “dirty milk” and it is often expressed and discarded by breastfeeding mothers. Of those children who are breastfed, 77% are reportedly still breastfed at 21 to 23 months.

Nearly two decades of war have led to high levels of food insecurity in DR Congo—31% of children under the age of five suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition. Amid these grim figures, a meager 39% of infants are breastfed at birth. Only 19% of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed

I thought this video about breastfeeding around the world was very interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h1yQjPoEq0

Resources

www.unicef.org

http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/03/breastfeeding-around-the-world/#slide9

 

 

 

 

 

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Child Birth

I have never experienced a child birth before. I have no kids. I have a some nieces and nephews and I didn’t get a chance to witness none of their births. I do remember when I was born my mother said that I smell liked red hot candy. I plan to witness the birth of my child one day.

 

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Words of Thanks

To All of my Colleagues,

I want to thank each of your for your advice during my first year at Walden. I have enjoyed working with each and everyone in this class. I want to say thanks for the help and the support  in this class. Each of you have inspired me to follow my dreams and never to give up on my dreams. This was a great experience for me. I have learn so much from each of you in this class. Good Luck on your Early Childhood journey!

Thanks!

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NAEYC & DEC codes of ethics

I-1.5 To create and maintain safe and maintain safe and healthy settings that foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development and that respect their dignity and their contributions is important to me because as educators we should provide our children with a safe and healthy environment.

I.1.12 To work with families to provide a safe and smooth transition as children and families move from one program to the next this is important to me because most parents are not involved with the child or children when they are transition and it’s hard for the child to cope with it.  If the parents are involved it will make the teacher job a little easy to help the child.

P-1.10 When another person tells of his or her suspicion that a child is being abused or neglected, we shall assist that person in taking appropriate action in order to protect the child. This is important to me because  children didn’t ask to be in this world. Children are a blessing. Children don’t deserve to be abused nor neglected. It hurts my heart to see a child being neglected or abused. As educators, it’s our job to protect our children.

 

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“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” -Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education. Her philosophy and method of education to allow children to develop independence and self-discipline that leads to freedom and self-confidence.