I studied for 11 years to become a doctor. I wanted to ensure the health of my countrymen, especially the marginalized.
I specialized in the care of mothers and it became clear to me that taking good care of the mothers impacted on the favorable outcome for the health a and survival of their babies. Unfortunately too many mother and babies are dying each year in my country and the rest of the world. Breastfeeding was established to be the intervention that can save babies and their mothers,too.
The advocacy to help mothers and their babies became real with the establishment of Essential Intrapartum Newborn Care, a protocol that calls for immediate and thorough drying, early skin to skin contact, delayed cord clamping and non-separation of mother and baby for early breastfeeding. Many mothers needed help to initiate and sustain breastfeeding but lactation management counselling is beyond the financial capability of the poor.