Modern breastfeeding support was the topic of the postgraduate training course organized jointly by the Medical University of Varna and the Karin Dom Foundation. The speakers gave answers and easy, logical solutions to the most common questions and hurdles that young mothers do not think they can handle by themselves.
The lecturers Assoc. Prof. R. Pancheva – pediatrician, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darina Naydenova, Simoneta Popova – midwife, Mariya Boneva, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nataliya Usheva, Elena Todorova – psychologist at Karin Dom, spoke about topics such as: the importance of early contact and putting the baby to the breast; the way professionals can talk with mothers; trends in breastfeeding – around the world and in Bulgaria; the topic of nutrition for pregnant and lactating women; difficulties and complications in nursing; feeding and weaning; breastfeeding and early childhood development.
Karin Dom was represented by Elena Todorova – psychologist and consultant in our Early Intervention Program. Elena talked about communicating a diagnosis with the family of a newborn baby. Elena has experience in supporting families of premature babies and children with other specific needs at the maternity hospitals as well as experience in preventing the abandonment of children in institutions.
Early Childhood Intervention services in combination with breastfeeding support, promote attachment to the child and family well-being. Currently, Bulgarian hospitals do not encourage breastfeeding, especially in cases when the newborn has a disability. There is no training for health workers in the field. Although there are many challenges in breastfeeding when it comes to children with certain types of disabilities, the positive effects of breastfeeding prevail over these challenges.
The training was useful to specialists and medical students – they will be able to answer the questions of young mothers and motivate their recommendation of breastfeeding as the right choice from emotional, psychological, health and even economic point of view.