Irene went to kalitumba village to teach about breastfeeding and complementary feeding basically the importance,challenges and solutions.
The meeting started with a word of prayer, then a word from the chairman who thanked members for their continued participation in the health lessons and for turning up each time they are called upon. He further continued to thank kibo for the continued support given to the development of their village through skills, and developmental projects.
Irene was invited to say a word to the community members. Irene was so grateful to the community of kalitumba for embracing the kibo activities and working together for the best of their community. With that Irene made a review of the previous lesson asking the members several questions about the previous lesson. Irene then asked the members, what is breastfeeding? It’s when a mother feeds her a baby on breast milk said, Ronald and not any other thing, on addition to that Irene said Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing babies with the nutrients they need to growth and development, mothers can breastfeed,provided they are in good health condition and the support of their family,and society at large.
On addition to that Irene advised mothers to always breast feed their children in the first hours of birth for bonding, monitoring breast attachment, the uterus to contract as for the mothers and Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced first is the perfect food for the newborn and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth. Unlike in the African society where a mother is asked to express the first milk Irene advised mothers to always give it first for it’s benefits.
Further still Irene said, Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended upto 6 months of age,with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods upto two years of age or beyond.Complementary feeding is defined as the process starting on the other foods when breast milk alone is no longer sufficient to meet the nutritional requirements of infants, and therefore other foods and liquids are needed, along with breast milk. There are several benefits of breastfeeding babies,so Irene asked the members to mention some of the benefits. It provides ideal nutrients that the baby needs for growth and development, contains important antibodies that help the baby to fight against disease causing viruses and bacteria,reduces the risk of to many illnesses and diseases eg, respiratory tract infections,ear infections, allergies among others and to the mother, the uterus goes back to its normal state,temporary family planning method,Saves time and money as breast milk is free,Creates bonding between mother
The members also discussed the challenges of both complementary and breast feeding there after discussed about intestinal worms giving the definition, how they enter our bodies and how we can prevent them. After the discussion the members asked Irene to make an examination on finger nails of the children around in the meeting as a survey of one of the major spread of intestinal worms in their community amongst children. So with that Irene asked the members to always take deworming serious because the Government provides free medication for deworming so if not utilized it will be wastage and this should be done after every six mothers as it’s the immunization schedule.
Lesson Use Examples
2021-05-31 - Purpose: Irene will be teaching about diet/ nutrition and demonstrating on the different foods that make a balanced diet.
Program Critical Needs
Other Program Observations
Program Expected Of Village
Mobilize other members to come for the health lessons.
Program Staff Preparations Next Visit
Prepare the next lesson and call the village for the next meeting.
Kalitumba village:Irene discussing with the community members during the health lesson.
Kalitumba village: Irene making a finger nail check up on the children as hands are one of the routes through which worms enter our bodies.