In a heartening initiative aligned with the Breastfeeding Week 2023, the Midwifery Society of Nepal (MIDSON) joined hands with the Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital (PMWH) to conduct an enlightening breastfeeding session. This session, targeted at antepartum women, was held at the Midwife-Led Antenatal Clinic of PMWH, echoing the sentiment that breastfeeding education should begin even before the baby arrives. The event was more than just an informative session; it marked a step towards empowering mothers with the knowledge and skills they need for successful breastfeeding.

Traditionally, much of the focus on breastfeeding education has been centered around postpartum women. However, this event was a testimony to the fact that preparing and educating women about breastfeeding techniques and practices before childbirth plays a crucial role in fostering confidence and empowerment. These factors, in turn, significantly contribute to early initiation and the sustained practice of exclusive breastfeeding.

One hundred postpartum mothers at PMWH were also beneficiaries of this initiative as they were provided with lactation-promoting foods, Jwano and Sarbittam pitho. These foods, known for their potential to enhance lactation, underline the holistic approach taken by the organizers towards supporting breastfeeding mothers.

The journey of motherhood is a transformative one, and it begins even before the baby’s arrival. The Midwifery Society of Nepal, in collaboration with PMWH, recognized this and took a significant step to address the gaps in breastfeeding education. Antepartum breastfeeding education is a powerful tool that equips women with the understanding of breastfeeding’s benefits for both mother and child, the various techniques, and how to overcome potential challenges. This initiative works as a foundation for mothers to embark on their breastfeeding journey with confidence, dispelling doubts and uncertainties.

Breastfeeding is not merely a physical act; it’s a bond that is nurtured through knowledge, patience, and support. When mothers have the right information, they can make informed decisions that positively impact their child’s health. Moreover, it also plays a pivotal role in maternal well-being, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enhancing the mother-child connection.

The collaboration between MIDSON and PMWH is a commendable effort that extends beyond the executive board members and committee participants. The supporting staff of MIDSON deserves accolades for their dedication and tireless efforts in bringing this initiative to fruition. The success of such programs not only lies in their execution but also in their ability to inspire lasting changes in the lives of the beneficiaries.

Breastfeeding Week, celebrated annually from 1st to 7th August, serves as a reminder of the importance of breastfeeding in the early stages of a child’s life. However, the event organized by MIDSON and PMWH emphasizes that breastfeeding is a journey that continues long after that initial week. The benefits of breastfeeding extend well into the future, impacting the health and well-being of both the child and the mother.

As we applaud this collaborative effort in Nepal and the global celebration of breastfeeding, let’s recognize that education and empowerment are the cornerstones of successful breastfeeding. Antepartum breastfeeding education is a vital step towards ensuring that every mother is equipped with the knowledge and confidence to provide the best possible start in life for her child.

Let’s celebrate and support breastfeeding, not just for a week, but as an ongoing commitment to the health and happiness of mothers and their babies.