While awaiting the results of the diagnostic confirmation on what happened at the Pertini hospital in Rome, where a newborn baby died in the bed of the mother who was breastfeeding him, it should be emphasized that this event could be included, according to what is explained by the Breastfeeding Technical Table of the Italian Society of Pediatrics, Sip, in the context of the "SuddenUnexpected Postnatal Collapse" (sudden and unexpected neonatal collapse).
"This definition - specifies Guglielmo Salvatori, head of the Table - expresses a rare and sudden event, sometimes a death, in most cases without explanation, which can occur in the first 7 days of life".
The Sip, in expressing condolences.
offers helpful tips.
1. Skin to skin contact in the first 2 hours.
"If the baby was born at full term and without complications - adds Salvatori - skin-to-skin contact can be established right away. The mouth and nose must always be visible to the mother to prevent breathing from being obstructed by the breasts. observed: it is important that the mother or a caregiver (often the father), and the health personnel do it".
2. Focus on living in the moment.
"It has been calculated - Salvatori notes - that mothers send about 30 messages in the two hours following the birth: it is a beautiful aspect of social sharing, but it is also important to live the moment to the fullest".
There is no ideal position to breastfeed, but be vigilant that the little one is breathing well and has a good complexion.
3. Encourage rooming-in.
Keeping the baby in the same room as the mother strengthens the bond and encourages breastfeeding.
It is safer for the baby to sleep in the cradle, avoiding very soft mattresses or pillows.
It should be recommended that she sleeps on her stomach.
4. Don't be afraid to ask for the baby to be taken to the nursery if you need to rest.
"It is not something to be ashamed of - underlines the president of Sip Annamaria Staiano -: tiredness after childbirth can affect all women, to varying degrees".
5. Don't be afraid of what can happen while breastfeeding.
"Breastfeeding, when possible - adds Staiano - is a panacea for the health of the child and the mother. It is safe and there is no need to be afraid".