Breastfeeding: What every African mum should know (Part 1)

My Professional & Personal Experiences

Breastfeeding is not unique to African mothers and neither is it a new thing, however many issues around this simple act of feeding a baby are unique to Africa and they warrant discussion. After working in a neonatal as well as a paediatric unit for a few years I have noted with great concern a lot of beliefs, myths, misconceptions and fears that should be addressed, mainly because most of them do more harm than good.


Breastfeeding is not merely holding a baby to the breast so that they feed. A lot of first time mothers get this wrong, a fair number of experienced mothers get it wrong as well. There is a correct way of positioning a baby on the breast and every mother should take time to learn it, ask your nurse or doctor to show you before you take your baby home, if you are…

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