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    Breastfeeding counselling: a training course. Trainer's guide, part one. Sessions 1-9.

    World Health Organization [WHO]. Programme for Control of Diarrhoeal Diseases; UNICEF

    Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, Programme for Control of Diarrhoeal Diseases, 1993. [379] p. (WHO/CDR/93.4; UNICEF/NUT/93.2)

    The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes has been in place for more than a decade, and much effort to protect breastfeeding from commercial influences has followed. One requirement for being "Baby Friendly" is that a facility shall not accept or distribute free samples of infant formula. However, even mothers who initiate breastfeeding satisfactorily, often start complementary feeds or stop breastfeeding within a few weeks of delivery. All health workers who care for women and children after the perinatal period have a key role to play in sustaining breastfeeding. Many health workers cannot fulfill this role effectively because they have not been trained to do so. Little time is assigned to breastfeeding counselling and support skills in the preservice curricula of either doctors, nurses or midwives. Hence there is an urgent need to train all health workers who care for mothers and young children, in all countries, in the skills needed to both support and protect breastfeeding. The purpose of "Breastfeeding counselling: A training course" is to help to fill this gap. The materials are designed to make it possible for trainers with limited experience of teaching the subject to conduct up-to-date and effective courses. The concept of `counselling' is new, and the word can be difficult to translate. Some languages use the same word as `advising'. However, counselling means more than simple advising. Often, when you advise people, you tell them what you think they should do. When you counsel a mother, you help her to decide what is best for her, and you help her to develop confidence. You listen to her, and to try to understand how she feels. This course aims to give health workers listening and confidence building skills, so that they can help mothers more effectively. (excerpt)
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