Breastfeeding advocates around the world were appalled recently when the U.S. refused to pass a run-of-the-mill World Health Organization resolution that encourages countries to "protect, promote and support" breastfeeding, instead electing to favour the interests of infant formula companies.
Breast milk contains the entire nutrient that an infant needs for the first six months of life.
Three in every five children are not breastfed in the first hour of life putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, a new report has revealed.
"For infants to survive, grow and develop as they should, they need to be exclusively breastfed". 2015-16, 54.2%, children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively, which was 58.6% in 2005-06. It also contains antibodies that help the baby fight off infection. She will also talk about how to supplement breastfeeding with complementary foods until the child is two years or even older. It also offers a quiet relaxed time for mother and baby to bond. Dr Sundus Al Ajram, paediatrician and global consultant in breastfeeding, will talk about how to motivate mothers to resort to breastfeeding exclusively, starting right from childbirth and until their children are six months old. World Health Organization recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed to meet their evolving nutritional requirements.
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In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. This is especially important as most establishments in Nigeria do not make any provisions for crèches where breastfeeding mothers can bring their babies so that the babies are close enough for the mothers to take breastfeeding breaks and breastfeed their infants. This can happen if the woman loses the feeling of fullness in her breasts or if milk stops leaking from the nipple. One of the steps to successful exclusive breastfeeding includes allowing mothers and infants remain together 24 hours a day.
"But these are actually signs that the woman's body has adjusted to the baby's feeding requirement". OGHS has also recently earned The Gift designation The Gift is an evidence-based designation program for Louisiana birthing facilities created to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care. Mothers can carry the pump and storage bag to their work place and pump there to keep up their milk supply.
Breastfeeding is one of the most essential and natural forms of bonding between a mother and a child and also a vital source of nutrition and immunity for the latter, but health experts lament it is not given its due importance due to lack of awareness and various misconceptions.