Quite a lot of challenges to successful breastfeeding (breast milk) exclusively for 6 months. In addition to the lack of information among the mothers, sometimes the physical condition of the baby is also preclude, for example, has a 'tongue straps'.
Rope tongue or in medical terms is called tongue tie is a thin tissue that connects the base of the tongue with the bottom end. Infants with congenital abnormalities such as short tongue strap will feel pain and difficulty while sucking her nipples."
Research shows babies have a tongue tie 5-10. Perhaps the number might be much more," said Dr. Jack Newman, FRCPC, international lactation experts from Canada, when met at the Santika Hotel, Jl KS Aipda Tubun, Slipi, West Jakarta, as quoted on Wednesday (28/08/2013).
According to Dr. Newman, the condition is often difficult for the baby to suckle well. Not the only factor that inhibits Exclusive breastfeeding is, but it could further hamper when there are other conditions such as the mother's lack of information.
In fact, as stated by Dr. Newman, how to cope with a tongue tie is quite simple. With tongue straps cutting procedure is not more than 2 seconds, the baby can breastfeed more comfortably. This procedure can generally be done by a pediatrician.
Meanwhile, the lack of complete information among the mothers is still a major obstacle in the campaign for exclusive breastfeeding, especially in Indonesia. Therefore, it takes the role of the counselor or lactation consultant as a transmitter of information.
Lactation consultant, who holds a IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) there are only 53 people in Indonesia. Expected that number is growing every year," said Prof Dr Rulina Suradi, SpA (K), IBCLC, IBCLC Coordinator and advisor for the Indonesian Lactation Consultant Association International Indonesia (AKLII).
In order to improve the skills of lactation consultants and counselors, AKLII held a seminar at the Hotel Santika Jakarta on 28-29 August 2013. Dr. Newman, international lactation experts from Canada, being one of the speakers at the event.