Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition A mother who is reluctant to breastfeed is putting her baby on a number of health risks and thebaby may eventually die of malnutrition. If a mother has been found to be not breastfeeding, as a nurse, I must apply an evidence-based practice in going about this case. I must inquire from her the reasons as to why she reluctant to breastfeed. This might be her first birth and therefore, she may be very naïve with child care and nutrition. In that case, she must get some teaching on the importance of breastfeeding.
The mother has to be informed that breast milk is the only food that a new born baby can digest and, contains all the nutrients needed by the baby. The milk is also helpful in boosting the immune system of the baby thus, protects it from diseases. Breastfeeding also bonds the mother with her child. Other reasons for not breastfeeding could be health related issues such as HIV and drug abuse. However, these must only be established from the mother herself.
If she smokes or drinks alcohol, she must quit for the sake of the baby. If the mother has HIV, she will also be advised appropriately on how to feed the baby. If the case is extreme such that the baby cannot be breastfed, I would recommend that it be given commercial infant formula. The formula shall nourish the baby with nutrients such as fats, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and antibodies. The baby would also be given vitamin D supplements to facilitate the development healthy bones. Meanwhile, the medical team should be working on a breastfeeding solution. ReferenceRafael, H.
(2012). Infant Nutrition: Immunity. New Orleans: Goodreads.