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Recommended by the WHO, breastfeeding during the first 6 months of an infant's life helps preserve his health, with breast milk containing antibodies protecting him from common childhood illnesses. However, less than half of infants are breastfed, with some mothers still having fears. To remedy this, pharmacies offer you products to support this important stage of life.

Posted on 17/12/2023

Breastfeeding is a natural and precious process that establishes a unique bond between a mother and her child . It provides optimal nutrition and offers many benefits for both the baby and the mother . In addition to providing complete nutrition tailored to the specific needs of the infant, breastfeeding also strengthens the child's immune system, promotes cognitive and emotional development, and reduces the risk of long-term illnesses.

However, breastfeeding can present challenges for some mothers , including milk production, engorgement issues, nipple pain, or baby's difficulty sucking. This is where products sold in pharmacies can play a crucial role in supporting and facilitating the breastfeeding process.

Electric or manual breast pump: A valuable tool for mothers who want to express their milk in a practical and efficient way, it allows you to conserve breast milk for times when the mother is not available to breastfeed the baby directly. Electric breast pumps are faster and often offer more adjustment options, while manual breast pumps are compact and convenient for occasional use.

Nipple creams : Some women may experience pain or irritation in their nipples while breastfeeding. Special nipple creams sold in pharmacies can help relieve these discomforts, they are often based on lanolin or soothing natural ingredients to protect and moisturize the delicate skin of the nipple.

Nursing pads : Disposable or reusable, they are designed to absorb milk leaks between feedings. They provide comfort and protection, preventing stains on clothing and keeping nipples dry. Some pads also have a waterproof layer to prevent leaks.

Silicone breast tips : These can be useful when the baby has difficulty grasping the nipple correctly by providing an easier surface for the baby to grip making feeding easier. It is important to consult a healthcare professional before using breast nipples as they may have implications on milk production.

Dietary supplements : Some women may need nutritional supplements to support their breast milk production. Supplements containing vitamins, minerals, and galactagogue herbs can help stimulate lactation. Do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist for advice .

Every woman and baby is unique and what works for one may not work for another, so it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional, such as a pharmacist or lactation consultant, for personalized advice on products tailored to your specific needs. As health professionals, pharmacists are well placed to provide information and advice on breastfeeding, they can answer mothers' questions, direct them to the appropriate products in the pharmacy and help them overcome any difficulties related to breastfeeding.

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