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BREASTFEEDING: HOW TO INCREASE YOUR MILK SUPPLY.

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1.Nurse, Nurse, and Nurse Again
The more your baby nurses, the more milk your body makes. Don’t follow a strict schedule. Nurse your baby whenever she is hungry, for as long as she wants, especially in the first few weeks of establishing your supply, and offer the other breast when the first is empty.

2.Try to Rest
Lack of sleep is really rough on your milk production. If you can, take a “nursing vacation.” Cut back on outside commitments, and spend a couple of days doing as little as possible other than relaxing with your baby, resting, eating, and nursing. (Of course, this is easier with a first baby than when you have older children who also need your attention.)

3.Tame Stress
While stress may not curb milk production, it can hamper your let-down reflex (which releases milk into your milk ducts) and make it harder for your baby to get what she needs. Take care of yourself so that you’re at your best for your baby. Ask your partner, family, or friends to help with other things. Tell overnight guests to wait a few weeks before they visit, so you can nurse in peace and establish milk supply.

4.Get Support
Seek out other new moms who are breastfeeding and lean on each other. If your mom, friend, or grandmother breastfed, ask her what helped. If you’re feeling vulnerable while you’re getting your milk supply established, avoid people who are critical or don’t support your breastfeeding or who make it hard for you to nurse.

5. Drink
If you get dehydrated, you’ll make less milk. It’s easy to get busy and distracted with a baby, so keep a bottle of water with you, and stash bottles where you usually nurse. Also, try to eat foods that are naturally rich in water, such as fruits and vegetables.

6.Wait to Use Bottles
Bottle feeding is fine for later on, but in the first few weeks of establishing your milk supply, your baby should do all her sucking, or at least as much as possible, at the breast. The baby empties your breast much better than a pump does, so you’ll make more milk in response to your baby’s signals compared to a machine.

7.Foods and Breast Milk
You don’t need to eat certain foods to make more milk. Just eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and a little bit of fat. Some research shows that garlic, onions, and mint make breast milk taste different, so your baby may suckle more, and in turn, you make more milk. If your baby seems gassy after you’ve eaten broccoli, cabbage, or beans, back off of those foods.

8.Massage Your Breasts
Breast massage can help to boost the volume and fat content of your milk. When your baby is “comfort nursing” (calming and soothing herself more than drinking), massage your breast near the chest and then a little further toward the nipple, and wait for your baby to take a couple of swallows. Then massage another area of the same breast, and wait for more swallows. Repeat.

10.Check Your Meds
Some drugs can affect breastfeeding. Commonly used medicines that may cut your milk supply include antihistamines and decongestants, diuretics, hormonal contraceptives containing estrogen, and some weight loss medications. Check with your doctor about alternatives.

11.Find a Pro
If you’re having a hard time getting the hang of breastfeeding, an experienced, nonjudgmental professional can be a lifesaver. Consider hiring either a postpartum doula or a lactation consultant to give you advice on things like latching on and the best nursing holds for you. (Sometimes you can find both skills in one awesome expert!)

free vaccination of cervical Cancer For ALL

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The cervical cancer vaccination programme launched today is targeting 85,000 Ugandan girls aged 10 years and above.

The Ministry of Health has rolled out the free vaccination of cervical Cancer into the routine immunization schedule. Rolling out the new vaccine at an official launch at Bwera Secondary School in Kasese district today, the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, said this is part of the country’s efforts towards the prevention of cancer of the cervix that has caused great suffering and loss of lives of many women in Uganda and across the world. Cervical Cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women in developing countries and Uganda is no exception.

Tumwesigye said that although Cervical Cancer is a preventable disease, it still affects an estimated 490,000 (nearly half a million) women each year and causes more than 270,000 deaths globally. “It is unfortunate that about 85% of the women dying from cervical cancer reside in developing countries. In Uganda, cervical cancer accounts for 80% of all female cancers and 40% of all cancers in Kampala’s cancer registry;” he said while addressing a crowd that turned up to witness the launch.

Cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus that is spread through sexual contact. The main risk factors for the disease include an early age at first sexual intercourse, multiple sexual partners or having a partner who has multiple sexual partners, presence of other sexually transmitted infections, a weakened or impaired body immune system and smoking or inhalation of secondary smoke. Cervical cancer progresses slowly and can take up to 15-20 years from time of infection to manifestation and death. He said the primary prevention mechanism for cervical cancer is vaccination with two doses of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine given at a 6 months interval to young girls.

The World Health Organisation Country Representative Dr. Andrew Bakainaga, said the vaccine has been scientifically tested and found to be both safe and efficacious and is recommended by the World Health Organization.

The Director General of Health Services, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, said the cost of the vaccine and logistics is 3.991M USD in addition. “The operational costs for providing the vaccine to all targeted population is 1.337M USD,” she said.

The World Health Organization recommends that the vaccine is offered to young girls aged between 9 and 13 years both in and out of school and ideally females should get the vaccine before they become sexually active and exposed to the Human Papilloma Virus infection. This will protect them in the future. In Uganda, we shall apply WHO’s recommendation that each country should identify a suitable cohort to begin with. Therefore, based on Uganda’s experience from the HPV demonstration project, the vaccination will target girls 10 years old both in and out of school.

Tumwesige said the final roll out of the vaccine is a result of a long journey that was characterized by technical and operational simulation processes to prepare the country for its introduction. “In 2008, we carried out a demonstration project for HPV in Nakasongola and Ibanda districts with impressive results. Later on in 2012, we piloted in twelve additional districts to make a total of fourteen, which have since then been implementing the HPV vaccination program. All these processes were to generate evidence to inform the method of administration of the vaccine to our young girls,” he said.

This vaccine will be effectively administered through both static and outreach immunization sessions conducted by health workers. Health facilities have mapped out schools within their catchment areas to be served through either a static or outreach site.

Rolling out the vaccine has been supported by partners such as; the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), World Health Organization, UNICEF, MSD and PATH.

 

Source:  http://health.go.ug/content/government-rolls-out-free-nationwide-vaccination-cervical-cance