Angela Maccagnola

The culture of breastfeeding.

Angela Maccagnola, obstetrician at the Ospedale Maggiore in Novara since 1989, wanted to take care of the birth and care of the children. Breastfeeding in particular is an issue that is particularly dear to her and has long been overlooked and underestimated by the National Health System.

In the eighties and nineties, it was realized that the use of infant formula had been excessively pushed and, starting from this reflection, it was decided to promote and encourage natural breastfeeding, the benefits of which have important repercussions both on the health level, and on the emotional, social and economic one. Angela emphasizes the need to structure, within the care path that accompanies every woman from pregnancy to the care of the newborn in the first months of life, very close relationships and a constant listening to the requests of each mother.

To foster this relationship, it would be necessary to assign to each mother a stable and defined group of health workers, medical and non-medical, in order to establish a relationship that is as stable as possible between future mothers and those who provide assistance. Furthermore, Angela underlines the importance of reconstructing a breastfeeding culture that not only pervades and involves healthcare personnel at all levels, but which becomes a sort of substratum on which each mother can lean once back home.

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Country: IT

Region: Piemonte

City: Novara


Angela Maccagnola

Date of birth: 04-03-1968
City: Novara
School: University
Profession: Other
Languages: Italiano

Document by: Luca Ghiardo
Video by: Luca Ghiardo, Davide Porporato
Created: 14-09-2022

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