Odochi Ewurum, a marketing consultant paediatrician on the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, Abia state, has warned nursing moms towards breastfeeding their infants whereas mendacity down.
Talking in an interview with NAN on Tuesday, Ewurum mentioned the apply might result in infections and different issues within the baby.
She defined that if a child is breastfed whereas mendacity down, a few of the milk might get into the infant’s lungs or ears and trigger an infection.
In line with her, the mom ought to reasonably sit comfortably, carry the infant up and ensure the kid relaxes correctly.
“One of many disadvantages of mendacity down is that because the baby sucks, it might aspirate,” Ewurum mentioned.
“This breast milk can depart the kid’s abdomen and enter into the lungs and this could trigger lung an infection.
“Additionally, because the baby is sucking, a few of the breast milk would possibly drip out of the mouth into the ear. It turns into a overseas physique within the ear and with that, ear an infection can happen. If breast milk enters the nostril, ear or eye, it’s a overseas physique.
“Breast milk ought to get to the abdomen the place it needs to be digested and turn into nutritive to the kid.”
Ewurum added that it’s crucial for kin to return round to assist out every time a lady places to mattress to ease the stress of breastfeeding at evening.
“We encourage the custom of kin coming to assist out as a result of it helps to scale back the stress skilled by nursing moms,” she mentioned.